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Germany records more than 80,000 daily Covid infections

Germany reached a new Covid record on Wednesday after seeing more than 80,000 infections in the latest 24 hour period.

Commuters in Hanover main station on Wednesday.
Commuters in Hanover main station on Wednesday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Julian Stratenschulte

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said there were 80,430 confirmed Covid infections within 24 hours, indicating that the Omicron wave is beginning to hit the country at full force. 

A week ago, there were 58,912 infections within a day, although there have been gaps in testing and reporting during the holidays.

The 7-day incidence rose to 407.5 Covid infections per 100,000 people, compared to 387.9 the previous day. For comparison, a week ago, the nationwide incidence was 258.6, and a month ago it was 390.9.

Regionally, the incidence numbers vary hugely. The city state of Bremen has the highest 7-day incidence at the moment with 1296.8 infections per 100,000 people.

Schleswig-Holstein (633.0), Hamburg (568.9) and Berlin (856.4) are also reporting incidences of over 500.

When it comes to districts, the district of Bremen is highest with 1,394.2 infections per 100,000 people and the Berlin districts of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (1,164.7) and Berlin-Neukölln (1,160.7) follow. 

The lowest state incidence is currently in Saxony, which has a 7-day incidence of 239.5. This region of Germany recently had the highest number of infections during the Delta variant wave, which recently began to ease. 

It is suspected that these differences are related to the spread of the Omicron variant – which began earlier in the north of the country – and to the higher risk of infection at the moment in large cities.

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What about deaths and hospitalisations?

Germany is still seeing a high number of daily deaths. In the latest 24 hour period, 348 people are reported to have died from or with a Covid infection. 

The number of Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was 3.34 on Tuesday (Monday: 3.37). This so-called hospitalisation incidence also varies greatly from region to region. In Bremen, it is 29.99. All other federal states report values below 10.

This benchmark is used to gage how overwhelmed hospitals are, and if new measures are needed. 

In general the number of Covid patients being admitted to intensive care units in Germany has been falling since mid-December, and currently stands at just under 3,200 patients.  

At the peak of Germany’s second wave last winter, there were more than 5,700 Covid-19 patients in ICUs.

Member comments

  1. Hospitalizations of those infected is a better metric to assess severity of the variant rather than total cases.

    Also, existing medical condition like diabetes, COPD or another chronic illness that contributes to death is seldom reported, including the age group.

    Reporting 80,000 infected without data content fuels the ongoing fear gripping nations to overact with continuous lockdowns, closures, restrictions that simply don’t work, despite majority of population being vaccinated. Yes, get vaccinated but move on with your life.

    Zero risk threshold of COVID infections will never happen. Vaccines are not 100% effective, just like the flu vaccines. The virus is here to stay and have to live it without disrupting our day-to-day lives.

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COVID-19 TESTS

Germany to charge €3 for rapid Covid tests

Germany is set to end free rapid Covid tests for all from July. In future they will cost €3.

Germany to charge €3 for rapid Covid tests

Vulnerable groups, however, will still be able to get the tests, known as Bürgertests, free of charge under the plans.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said: “I will make no secret of the fact that I would have liked to have continued the free citizenship tests for all.”

However, Lauterbach said the taxpayer-funded testing strategy is costing an average of a billion euros per month.

“The truth is – unfortunately, we can’t afford that in the tight budget situation that awaits us in autumn,” he said. 

€3 contribution from July

The new testing regulations are to apply from the start of July.

The concept foresees expenditures of €2.7 billion by the end of the year. If the government had continued to offer free tests for all, the costs would have been around €5 billion.

The federal government also plans to reduce the amount that is given to the test centres per test – from the current €11.50 to €9.50.

In future, free rapid tests will continue to be available for vulnerable groups, including children up to five years of age, women at the beginning of pregnancy, and visitors to clinics and nursing homes.

The states will have the option of taking over the co-payment of €3 for other groups as well.

Lauterbach had previously spoken out in favour of continuing to provide free Covid tests for people with symptoms who suspect they have Covid, as well as before large events. 

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Bürgertests should in future continue to be used specifically where they bring the greatest benefit,” said Lauterbach after the health ministers’ conference.

Lauterbach said he negotiated with Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner to come up with the new testing system. 

“The use of taxpayers’ money will become more effective, as not everything can be paid by the federal government in the long run, because our possibilities have reached their limits,” said Lindner. 

Autumn Covid wave

Lauterbach also warned of a severe Covid wave in autumn.

“A very difficult time lies ahead,” the Health Minister said. He said the health ministers across Germany would take a joint approach to tackling the pandemic.

READ ALSO: German Health Ministry lays out autumn Covid plan 

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