In the future, the hospitalization rate is to be given more weight when assessing the infection rate in Germany. The value increases according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
Berlin – According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the fourth corona wave has started. The incidence is rising unchecked in Germany. But this value becomes less meaningful. The reason: Vaccinated people can become infected with Corona, but then do not become so seriously ill.
Hospitalization rate – new indicator in the corona pandemic
In the future, the hospitalization rate should play an important role for more stringent corona measures. The number of Covid patients in hospitals should be decisive. It is not yet clear which number or figures will result in specific measures. According to the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), consultations with the federal and state governments are currently underway.
RKI: Hospitalization rate rises to 1.38
The RKI reports 399 hospitalizations with Covid-19 across Germany. Compared to the previous day, the hospitalization rate has increased to 1.38 (previous day: 1.28; previous week: 1.10). That emerges from Tuesday’s management report. The hospitalization rate therefore stands for the hospital admissions for the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants. At the height of the pandemic, it was over ten.
The number of Covid patients in hospitals has been increasing since the end of July. The beds in the intensive care units are also filling up. Most corona patients do not have a corona vaccination, said the Cologne intensive care doctor Christian Karagiannidis from the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) last week. 800 corona patients are currently being treated in an intensive care unit, 394 of which have to be artificially ventilated, as can be seen from the data in the DIVI intensive care register (as of August 25, 11.25 a.m.).
Corona incidence in Germany
The incidence benchmark 50 in the Infection Protection Act should disappear, that much seems clear. As already mentioned, other indicators for assessing the incidence of infection are still being discussed. In the Corona Protection Ordinance, the 7-day incidence of 35 is to be retained as the only limit value. From the 35 mark onwards, the “3G rules” (vaccinated, recovered or tested) should then apply to visits to indoor restaurants, for example. People who are then vaccinated against Corona or who have already had Covid-19 behind them (recovered) do not have to expect any further serious restrictions.
The incidence has so far been considered an indicator in the early warning system of the corona pandemic. Rising numbers of infections were reflected with a delay in the hospitals and intensive care units. The death toll also rose. Experts are critical of a complete departure from incidence. According to the intensive care doctor Christian Karagiannidis, the incidence is closely linked to the occupancy of the hospital beds. In his opinion, the incidence of the corona pandemic in Germany remains an important value for assessing the course in autumn and winter. (ml) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA