Corona: RKI reports Stiko++ numbers with urgent appeal

  • The Robert Koch Institute underestimates the risk of corona
  • Media report: Lauterbach makes a proposal to organize screening
  • US Restricts Access to Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
  • RKI reports further decline in Corona numbers on Friday
  • The nationwide incidence is 553.2
  • The Standing Committee on Immunization urges some people to get their fourth vaccination as soon as possible

Berlin. The number of new cases of corona in Germany continues to decline. On Friday, the number of new infections reported was 85,073 – up from 101,610 the previous week. The infection rate, which lasted for seven days nationwide, amounted to 553.2 cases. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the previous day’s value was 566.8 (previous week: 758.5; previous month: 1322.2). More on this: Corona in Germany – an overview of the current figures from RKI

Meanwhile, the Standing Committee on Immunization has warned against waiting for vaccines adapted to the omicron variant. Vulnerable groups such as the elderly and infected people pre-existing disease The head of Stiko, Klaus Mertens, told this editorial office that the fourth vaccination should already be given. According to Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach, previous infection with the omicron variant does not protect or slightly protect against infection with the omicron subtypes BA.4 and BA5. This increases the possibility of new cases emerging waves of infection In the fall, according to the SPD politician.

Corona news from Friday, May 6: India criticizes WHO estimates of deaths from the Corona pandemic

10.30 am: After posting estimates by World Health Organization (WHO) India has been highly critical of the deaths from the Corona pandemic. According to estimates by the World Health Organization, the epidemic killed 4.7 million people in India in 2020 and 2021 – about ten times what the official figures for Corona deaths in India indicate. According to the World Health Organization, approximately one in three deaths worldwide in connection with the epidemic has occurred in India.

In a statement, the Indian Ministry of Health has set a methodology Estimates “Doubtful” and criticized that the WHO had not adequately addressed these concerns. She said that because Indian authorities would publish “reliable data” on births and deaths, the country should not use mathematical models to calculate excess deaths. The country also doubts the methodology will work in a country like India with a population of 1.3 billion.

Experienced a year ago India A particularly bad wave relates to the delta variable. Images of crematoria and overcrowded hospitals spread all over the world.

The Robert Koch Institute underestimates the risk of corona

9.48 am: The Robert Koch Institute has completed a risk assessment of the dangers posed by corona pandemic lowered. As the RKI announced on its website Thursday evening, the risk rating has been changed from “very high” to “high.” The risk of developing a serious illness can be “significantly reduced” through primary immunization with dual vaccination associated with a booster vaccination.

“The currently dominant omicron variant, especially BA.2, has spread faster and more effectively than before Virus variantsBut there has not been an increase in serious diseases and deaths in the same proportion as in previous waves of infection,” the Royal Institute of Cartoons explained. However, it is still important for citizens to take proven precautionary measures such as maintaining a distance between themselves and continuing to wear masks and adhere to.

Media report: Lauterbach makes a proposal to organize screening

7.34 am: According to a media report, if there is a shortage of capacity in clinics, it should be legal in the future to treat a person in intensive care in favor of a patient of a higher standard. chance of survival Cancellation. This comes from a revised legislative proposal by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) to protect people with disabilities in so-called screening status Out, “RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland” (Friday) reports. The Federal Constitutional Court has called for legal regulations for screening in light of the Corona pandemic.

This should be called post-post sort Proposed law However, this can only be allowed if the decision is made by mutual agreement of three experienced specialists in intensive care medicine. According to the draft, the consent of two specialists is sufficient for pre-screening, since the decision on treatment must be made among several newly admitted patients in a situation of limited medical capacity. Lauterbach’s proposal is currently being coordinated with the other departments.

US Restricts Access to Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

7.13 am: The US Food and Drug Administration has restricted access to the Covid vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. In the future, only adults will receive the vaccine, the most effective mRNA vaccines The FDA said Thursday that it cannot or will not receive from Biontech/Pfizer or Moderna. The reason for the change in emergency approval of the vaccine is the increased risk of severe blood clots.

For the same reason, the US Food and Drug Administration already in December recommended that mRNA vaccines be treated preferentially. The J&J vaccine rarely plays a role in the United States anyway: only three percent of all injected vaccines Corona vaccine doses Comes from Janssen affiliate J&J. FDA chief Peter Marks, though, said, “We recognize that Janssen’s Covid vaccine continues to play a role in the response to the current pandemic.”

Steko Mertens: There is an urgent need for the fourth vaccination for vulnerable groups

5:56 am: The chair of the Permanent Immunization Committee (STICO), Thomas Mertens urged the elderly and people with pre-existing illnesses to get the fourth vaccination against the Corona virus: “We have to expect that the risk of infection will increase again in the fall,” Mertens told this editorial office. People over 70 and others with special risks For a serious illness, time should be used now to improve their protection with an IV vaccination. There is now more data showing that the second reinforcer is very beneficial for this group. Mertens says that older adults and other at-risk groups should not wait for a vaccine adapted to the omicron variant.

Stiko’s chief expressed doubts about a fourth dose of the vaccine for everyone, but he mentioned one exception: “If an alternative emerges, it should be clear gross It’s like Omicron and maybe Delta, a fourth vaccination could be necessary for everyone in the fall,” says Mertens. However, I don’t think fundamentally that the entire population should be vaccinated against coronavirus over and over in order to prevent infection “However, it is likely that we will have to to regularly vaccinate those at risk of serious disease after infection against which available vaccines provide good protection.”

RKI reports the numbers – incidence continues to drop

5.35 am: The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has a nationwide The occurrence of seven days Quoted about 553.2 on Friday morning. This is evidenced by the numbers reflecting the state of the RKI dashboard at 5 AM. The day before, the value of new infections per 100,000 residents and the week was 566.8 (previous week: 758.5, previous month: 1322.2).

Health authorities in Germany have reported 85,073 to RKI new coronavirus cases (previous week: 101,610 recorded infections) and 214 deaths (previous week: also 214) within one day. Data comparisons are only possible to a limited extent due to test behavior, late registrations, or transmission problems. In general, the number of new infections and deaths recorded varies greatly from day to day, as more and more federal states do not transfer to the RKI, especially on weekends, and report their cases later in the week.

Corona news from Thursday 5 May: Omicron subvariant BA.2 continues to grow – other variants still rare

8:20 pm: According to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the omicron subvariant BA.2, which has been dominant in Germany for weeks, has recently increased. According to the latest findings — a sample from the week before last — their share was roughly 98 percent, as shown in RKI’s weekly report Thursday night. Thus, the BA.1 subtype, which was previously responsible for most corona cases, is only less than 2%, and the relatively new omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subtypes played a minor role according to the data.

BA4 is listed with a 0.1 percent stake, BA5 with a 0.3 percent stake. The mixed variants, she says, “have been demonstrated so far only in isolated cases”. at Germany Only a few positive samples had their entire genomes examined.

Read also: How will we get through the next fall of Corona?

In the weekly report, RKI experts also mentioned that The occurrence of seven days Last week it fell more than the previous week – by 19 per cent. The number of people treated in the intensive care unit with a diagnosis of Covid 19 also continued to decline, as did the number of deaths. They warned that “the pressure of infection remains high as nearly 600,000 cases of COVID-19 have been transferred to the RKI over the past week.” Vaccination is still of great importance because of its strong protective effect against severe cycles.

EMA expects Omicron vaccines to be approved by September

3.45 pm: According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), vaccines against the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus could be approved by the end of September at the latest. There are great opportunities for that Custom mRNA vaccines of Moderna and Biontech, EMA Director of Vaccination Strategy Marco Cavalieri said Thursday at the authority’s press conference in Amsterdam.

Necessary clinical studies are underway. EMA checks too Products from other manufacturers. However, it is no secret that adaptations of mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Biontech to Omikron have already been developed. He did not give details of the study data collected so far.

The World Health Organization estimates 15 million deaths in the Corona pandemic

3:23 pm: According to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO), about 14.9 million people died in connection with Covid-19 between January 2020 and December 2021. And the World Health Organization announced, Thursday, in Geneva, that these deaths were caused directly and indirectly by the Corona virus.

Indirectly, people have died from Covid-19 during the pandemic because overburdened health systems have had to forego treatment for some other diseases. According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “realistic data” illustrate the need to invest in health systems. In crisis situations, basic health services should be maintained.

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