Experts divided on whether Germany should extend Covid rules as number of cases stagnates

Experts divided on whether Germany should extend Covid rules as

The latest figures released on Saturday by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) show that the Covid-19 infection rate remains stable with around 64 new cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

The 7-day incidence on Saturday was 64.4, exactly the same level as a week ago. A month earlier, the 7-day incidence was 83.5 cases per 100,000 population.

According to the most recent data, 65 people have been recorded as having died from the virus across Germany in the past 24 hours. Some 94,000 people in the country have now died since the start of the pandemic after being infected.

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The number of Covid patients admitted to hospitals per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days – the most important parameter taken into account in discussions about a possible tightening of restrictions – is currently 1.67. That’s about the same as the previous week’s figure, but well below the 15.5 rate seen in January.

“It’s time for more 2G rules”

SPD health spokesman Karl Lauterbach has called for a new round of talks between federal and state governments to tighten some of the rules for Covid.

“It would make sense for heads of state to meet with the Chancellor again soon,” Lauterbach told Funke Media Group on Saturday. “From new rules to vaccinations, there are a lot of decisions to be made. “

Lockdown measures last winter were agreed in regular meetings between Chancellor Angela Merkel and heads of state.

Warning of a “harsh winter” Lauterbach said the 2G rule, which restricts access to certain public places like restaurants and cinemas, should be applied more “intensely”.

But other influential voices have called for all restrictions to be lifted in the coming weeks.

Andreas Gassen, head of the National Association of Physicians with Compulsory Health Insurance, said enough people had now been vaccinated for the government to safely end the restrictions.

“We shouldn’t wait until early next year to lift restrictions which are no longer particularly necessary,” Gassen said in an interview with Die Welt newspaper.

The Robert Koch Institute last week revised its proportion for the number of fully vaccinated adults to five percent. The new figure suggested that 80 percent of the adult population had been vaccinated.

The correction has led to criticism from the health authority, with opposition politicians suggesting the numbers could have been kept low under pressure from the government to motivate more people to get vaccinated.

Gassen said the new vaccination figures were good news and meant the government would have to “show more courage” to get life back to normal.

SEE ALSO: What does the higher vaccination rate in Germany mean for the winter?

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