Corona updated: An expert expects masks to be mandatory

Infection scientist Marilyn Addo expects mask requirements to be introduced again in Germany in winter. Ado Der said that after a good summer, the number of cases will increase again in the fall Rheinische Post. “I suppose measures like the obligation to wear masks will come back in the winter – at least in public and indoors, where it’s hard for you to keep your distance.” Do not currently expect new closures due to increased immunity. She said a lot of people are being vaccinated, albeit not enough.

“The coronavirus will be with us for years to come, but it could become a pandemic in 2023,” said Addo, a professor at Hamburg-Eppendorf University Hospital. As with influenza, the numbers will increase in the winter and groups at risk will have to protect themselves. “Otherwise, clean, ventilate and keep a close distance to you,” said the infectious disease doctor. (05/10/2022)

Seven-day infection rate rises to 522.7

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 107,568 new infections in 24 hours on Tuesday. That’s 5,954 fewer cases than on Tuesday a week ago. The seven-day nationwide infection rate rose to 522.7 from 499.2 the day before. Another 218 people have died in connection with the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 136,756.

The number of casualties is currently only of limited importance. Experts have been hypothesizing for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI – due to the stress of health authorities and because not all infected people have a PCR test. Only these count in the stats. That’s why we use the SZ Corona dashboard to show the average value from the past 7 days’ reports, which are meant to compensate for day-to-day fluctuations. You can find more information on this topic in the Transparency Blog, and more data and graphics on the pandemic here. (05/10/2022)

RKI lowers coronavirus risk rating from ‘very high’ to ‘high’

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has lowered its risk assessment of the current situation of corona in Germany by one level. The authority now assesses the current risk of Covid-19 to the health of the population as “high” overall, as noted in the RKI’s weekly report published Thursday evening. The risks were previously rated as “very high”.

Experts justify the assessment with the recent apparent decline in infection rates, but the infection pressure remains significant. Last week, the seven-day infection rate fell even more than in the previous week – by 19 percent. The number of people treated in the intensive care unit with a diagnosis of Covid 19 has decreased recently and the number of deaths has also decreased.

However, with nearly 600,000 corona cases transferred to RKI over the past week, the number of infections remains high. Vaccination remains important, however. As mentioned before, “Due to its high protective effect against the acute course, even in diseases caused by the omicron variant, it has not lost its importance,” says the report. (06.05.2022)

EMA expects Omicron vaccines to be approved by September

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. The greatest opportunities are the appropriately adapted mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Biontech, Marco Cavalieri, Director of EMA Vaccination Strategy, said at the authority’s press conference in Amsterdam.

Necessary clinical studies are underway. EMA also examines preparations 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.

At the same time, Cavalieri appealed to those who are not immunized to protect themselves from Corona with vaccinations before the fall/winter. “The top priority should be closing the vaccination gap.” Only 50 per cent of Europeans have been fully vaccinated and boosted so far, while 15 per cent of Europeans over the age of 18 have not yet received a single COVID-19 vaccination. (05/05/2022)

World Health Organization: About 15 million deaths linked to corona

According to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Corona pandemic has claimed the lives of about 14.9 million people. According to this, between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021, there were 13.3 to 16.6 million deaths worldwide than would have been expected based on statistics from previous years. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke in Geneva of “factual data”. It not only emphasized the impact of the pandemic, but also the need for all countries to invest more in resilient health systems. (05/05/2022)

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