For the first time, the number of new infections in the corona pandemic in Germany exceeds the 100,000 mark. However, the differences between the age groups are enormous.
With a delay to other EU countries, the number of corona cases in Germany is also reaching previously unknown heights – and the trend is rising. On Wednesday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported more than 100,000 infections transmitted within one day for the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic.
The big question now is how this immense number affects the occupancy of the clinics and the so-called critical infrastructure, which includes, for example, the energy and water management.
RKI President Lothar Wieler recently spoke of a “new phase of the pandemic”, in which the number of seriously ill patients will be less decisive than the number of cases. So far, the wave triggered by the Omicron virus variant has not been reflected in the number of corona patients in intensive care. According to the DIVI association of intensive care physicians, this has fallen from around 5000 to 2664 (Tuesday) since the first half of December.
The number of corona deaths officially reported by the RKI has also declined in the past few days. According to the new information, 239 deaths with or due to Corona were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago it was 384.
According to the RKI, only about half as many people had to go to a clinic because of Corona as at the end of November – with a slight upward trend. High infection numbers are only reflected in the clinics with a delay, because it takes time for a patient to be admitted. The new omicron variant is spreading rapidly through the population, but tends to be associated with milder courses than the previously dominant delta variant.
At the moment, comparatively few older people who are particularly susceptible to severe courses are infected. According to the RKI, the seven-day incidence in people aged 80 and over was around 115 – with a slight upward trend. According to experts, if significantly more older people become infected, this could lead to a significant increase in the number of seriously ill people.
Peak at seven-day incidence
In the 5 to 14 year olds, the incidence is now around ten times higher than in the elderly and has more than doubled within a week. This may also be related to the end of the Christmas holidays. Students are tested regularly.
The health authorities had reported 112,323 cases to the RKI in 24 hours. That is around 32,000 more than on Wednesday a week ago. The seven-day incidence also peaked at 584.4. The day before, the nationwide incidence was 553.2 (previous week: 407.5; previous month: 315.4).
The RKI has counted 8,186,850 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 go undetected.