Dhe nationwide seven-day incidence has again increased significantly. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Thursday morning as 130.2. For comparison: the previous day the value was 118.0, a week ago it was 85.6. The health authorities in Germany reported 28,037 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4:39 a.m. A week ago, the value was 16,077 infections.
According to the new information, 126 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 67 deaths. The RKI has counted 4,534,452 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.
The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – the most important parameter for a possible tightening of the corona restrictions – was given by the RKI on Wednesday as 3.07 (Tuesday: 2.95). With the indicator it must be taken into account that hospital admissions are sometimes reported with delay. A nationwide threshold value from when the situation can be viewed critically is not provided for the incidence of hospitalization, among other things because of large regional differences. The previous high was around 15.5 around Christmas time.
The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at 4,247,000. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 95,485.
Child vaccination before Christmas?
In view of the increased incidence of corona in younger age groups, paediatricians are relying on rapid Covid-19 vaccinations for those under the age of twelve. “We hope that in the next few weeks there will be European approval of the Biontech vaccine for the age group of five to eleven years old, which will then also be adopted in Germany,” said the President of the German Society for Child and Adolescent Medicine, Jörg Dötsch , the newspapers of the Funke media group. According to him, corona vaccinations in this age group would be “legally protected” even without an express recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko). The recommendation could then follow in the following weeks after carefully examining the data on side effects.
The European Medicines Agency EMA announced on Wednesday that it would decide before Christmas if possible whether it would recommend corona vaccinations for children between the ages of five and eleven. On Tuesday, an advisory body to the US FDA had spoken out in favor of emergency approval of the corona vaccine from Biontech / Pfizer for children between the ages of five and eleven. The recommendation is not binding, but the FDA usually follows the experts. A final FDA decision is expected later this week.
Dötsch said the paediatricians would follow a recommendation from Stiko to vaccinate five to eleven year olds. The doctor called the vaccination of children of this age sensible. The aim is to save them from corona disease and to prevent infected children from being isolated and having to stay away from school again. It is known that this absence worsens the mental health of the children. “The vaccination also protects against this in the end. That’s why it makes sense, ”said Dötsch. “One in 16,000 children develops a mild cardiac muscle inflammation, but the courses are usually not severe. The advantages outweigh the breadth. “