Arespiratory diseases are very widespread – the beginning of the feared corona winter wave is in data from Robert Koch Institute (RKI) but so far not reliably readable. In its Covid-19 report on Thursday evening, the RKI writes of an eight percent increase in the nationwide seven-day incidence in the past week compared to the previous week. However, it cannot yet be conclusively confirmed whether this is a trend. Recently, the values have been at a similar level for a long time.
The RKI looks at several factors in the report, since the incidence alone only partially reflects what is happening. With regard to the number of hospital treatments for Covid-19, the authors speak of a stabilization in the number of cases in a weekly comparison; however, the number of intensive care patients with evidence of corona increased by ten percent to almost 1,000.
Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) is confident about the development of the pandemic over the next few months: “Hopefully the coming winter will be the last major battle with the corona virus,” said the politician to the “Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin” on Friday.
The virus has “mutated into a dead end,” said the minister. But Lauterbach remains true to his cautious line, he does not want to give the all-clear: “There is no reason for carelessness. It’s too early for further easing.”
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) also sees Germany in a “much more relaxed situation than before”. Scholz said this after the federal-state conference in Berlin on Thursday evening corona pandemic still available. There are also major problems with other respiratory diseases. Unlike in previous years, there is now a “very extensively vaccinated population” in Germany, said the Chancellor. Therefore, the country could go into this winter “very well”. This time, the top group of federal and state governments did not make any concrete decisions on pandemic policy.