IIn Germany, 60 percent of citizens are now vaccinated against the coronavirus at least once. This is an “important milestone”, wrote Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) on Tuesday on Twitter. 49.9 million people are vaccinated at least once. 38.8 million people now have full vaccination protection, which is 46.7 percent, according to Spahn.
The Minister of Health called for the vaccinations against the corona virus to continue. “For a safe autumn and winter, however, we need more people who take part and thus protect themselves and others,” said Spahn.
Seven-day incidence increases to 10.9
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said last week, referring to experts, that vaccination rates of 85 percent among the twelve to 59 year olds had to be achieved in Germany. For those over 60, the rate must be 90 percent in order to avoid a new sharp increase in the number of cases given the spread of the delta variant.
Meanwhile, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 1183 new coronavirus cases within one day. That is 537 more than on Tuesday a week ago, when 646 new infections were reported. The seven-day incidence continues to rise to 10.9 from 10.3 the previous day. The value indicates how many people per 100,000 inhabitants have been proven to have been infected with the coronavirus in the past seven days.
The highest seven-day incidence was reported in Berlin (18.0), followed by Hamburg (14.4) and Hesse (14.3). The value is lowest in Saxony-Anhalt (3.2), Saxony (3.5) and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (3.7).
34 other people died related to the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 91,397 within 24 hours. In total, more than 3.7 million corona tests have so far been positive in Germany.
In view of the rapidly increasing number of infections, World Medical President Frank Ulrich Montgomery warned against opening too quickly. Even the smaller opening steps of the past few weeks would have increased the incidence values, says Montgomery to the newspapers of the Funke media group. The number of infected people is currently doubling every week. “Now simply dropping the restrictions on our contacts and ‘opening everything’ would be extremely dangerous,” explained the doctor. “If you do that, you risk entering the fourth wave.” Instead, Montgomery advocates a gradual and controlled approach.