The German authorities reported more than 34,000 new infections and 142 additional deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours this Saturday; a slight decrease in cases after the last two consecutive days of highs, but with a weekly incidence of positives per 100,000 population over 180, almost twice as much as two weeks ago.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the authority responsible for combating infectious diseases, states on its website that 34,002 infections and 142 deaths have been registered in the last 24 hours, making a total of 4,743,490 and 96,488 respectively .
According to estimates by the institute, these levels of infection have not been remembered since the end of last year.
On the same Friday, a two-day meeting of all health ministers of the federal states ended, in which an agreement was reached on further measures with the aim of curbing the increase in cases and the spread of the coronavirus.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has described in detail the situation in hospital centers, which is at the limit and in some regions even has to be relocated between hospitals due to the occupation reaching their limits.
He also warned in this context: “If there are almost 40,000 new infections today, between 350 and 400 of them will be admitted to intensive care units in a few days.”
In this context, the health officers in the 16 federal states have agreed to carry out more diagnostic tests for COVID-19 in nursing homes and health centers, where there has been an increase in infections in recent days, and therefore to give these facilities a try Set up a “security lock”.
Ministers have also called for the so-called “3G” rule to be respected, which applies to those who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested for indoor events, while only reducing it to “2G” in regions with high incidence should enable access to those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered.
Finally, ministers agreed to promote the third booster dose in the country. “The reinforcements after six months should become the rule, not the exception,” warned Spahn.