Germany's Covid infections hit highest level since May

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Germany's Covid infections hit highest level since May
A protective face mask is seen on the ground as passers-by walk in front of the Reichstag building housing the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, on October 19, 2021. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP)

Germany's seven-day coronavirus incidence rate reached 100 infections per 100,000 people on Saturday for the first time since May, following a surge in cases in recent weeks.


The number hit 100 after rising from 68.7 just eight days ago, the Robert Koch health institute (RKI) said.

The milestone comes a day after the German health ministry warned that "we are seeing an escalation of the situation".

The upwards trend "became visible in almost all age groups over the past week and it is to be expected that the increase in case numbers will pick up speed in the further course of autumn and winter," health ministry spokesman Oliver Ewald said.

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Germany recorded 86 new Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, with the country's total toll rising to 95,077, official figures said.

There were also 15,145 new infections recorded over 24 hours, the figure having risen 31 percent over the last eight days.

The health ministry said Friday that the spike in cases had not yet led to an "increased dynamic" in Covid patients needing intensive care.


Germany's DIVI intensive care association however voiced alarm.

Senior DIVI expert Christian Karagiannidis wrote on Twitter that there was a "very close correlation" between incidence rates and new Covid hospital admissions.

"The real fourth wave is beginning now and is gathering speed," he tweeted.


On Saturday, he added that the lack of healthcare workers is going to make the winter season difficult, "bringing clinics to their knees".

"There is simply no staff to cover the beds," he wrote.

In the past few months, Covid infections in Germany have been stagnating and decreasing at times, leaving many wondering if a serious fourth wave would emerge. But the sharp increase in recent cases has left little doubt, according to health experts.

"Since the end of September 2021, a rising trend in the 7-day incidences has again become apparent, which became visible in almost all age groups last week," said the RKI in its weekly report.

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"It is to be expected that the rise in case numbers will accelerate more in the further course of autumn and winter," the RKI added. 

More than 66 percent of the population of Germany, a country of some 83 million people, is fully vaccinated against Covid.

Almost 70 percent have had a first dose.


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Linsey.McKenzie 2021/10/23 16:32
Thanks to all the people (who can) not getting vaccinated, not keeping social distance, not wearing masks and not valuing the well-being of others. We are still in this sh!t because of you.

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