In Germany, the number of new infections is increasing every day by around 75 percent compared to the week before, warned Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier. Therefore, 20,000 new corona infections per day by the end of the week are very likely.
Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) expects 20,000 new corona infections in Germany by the end of the week. Altmaier said at a German-French Business Day on Tuesday: “We are dealing with exponential growth. In Germany, the number of new infections is increasing every day by about 70, 75 percent compared to the week before. “And that means: We will probably have 20,000 new infections a day by the end of this week,” Altmaier said.
This is a figure that was not even imaginable three weeks ago. The Economics Minister also referred to the high number of new corona infections in France and emphasized the close cooperation with France.
Again more than 11,000 new corona infections in Germany
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the health authorities reported 11,409 new corona infections within one day early on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday a week ago, the number was 6868. On Saturday, 14,714 new infections had reached a new record level since the beginning of the corona pandemic in Germany. The number of deaths exceeded the 10,000 mark at the weekend.
On Wednesday afternoon, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and several federal ministers will begin consultations with the state premiers on the current corona situation. These are eagerly anticipated in view of the high number of new infections.
The current figures are only comparable to those from the spring to a limited extent, as considerably more tests are now being carried out and as a result more infections are being detected.
According to the RKI, a total of 449,275 people have become infected with the virus nationwide since the beginning of the pandemic (as of October 27, 00:00 hrs). The number of deaths in connection with the virus rose by 42 to a total of 10,098 by Monday. The RKI estimates that around 326,700 people have now recovered.
According to the RKI management report of Monday, the reproduction rate, or R-value for short, was 1.37 in Germany (previous day: 1.45). This means that ten infected persons are now infecting almost 14 more people. The R-value reflects the course of infection about one and a half weeks before.
The RKI also gives a so-called seven-day R in its management report. This value refers to a longer period of time and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, the value on Monday was 1.30. It shows the infection rate from 8 to 16 days ago.
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Europe fights against Corona – New editions in several countries
In the fight against the second corona wave, new regulations came into force on Monday in many places in Europe, for example in Italy, Denmark, Slovakia and in the Belgian capital Brussels. Many governments are relying on night curfews and further contact restrictions to avoid a complete lockdown of the countries.
According to estimates by the French government’s scientific council, the current corona wave will be “stronger than the first”. He was surprised by the “brutality” of the increase in new infections in the last 15 days, Jean-François Delfraissy, the head of the advisory board, told the radio station RTL on Monday.
Delfraissy spoke of a critical situation and a high number of unreported cases of new infections: “There are probably more than 50,000 cases per day. The scientific council estimates that we are more likely to have around 100,000 cases per day”. The Council assumes that this is the case in view of the reported new infections, but also the undiagnosed and asymptomatic cases. Delfraissy did not rule out an expansion of the already existing curfews.
The corona situation in the country of 67 million inhabitants has been deteriorating dramatically for weeks. On Sunday evening, more than 52,000 infections were recorded within 24 hours for the first time since the large-scale testing began.
Spain: Night-time curfew
In another Corona hotspot, Spain, a night curfew came into effect on Monday night. According to the media, there were neither protests nor significant incidents. The left-wing government had previously declared a state of emergency on Sunday to impose these and other measures. This is initially valid for two weeks, but the government is seeking a six-month extension until May 9.
An extension must be approved by the parliament in Madrid. The head of the minority government, Pedro Sánchez, asked for the necessary support from the opposition. The situation was “extreme,” he warned. On Monday, however, the leaders of the conservative parties vigorously rejected this plan. Opposition leader Pablo Casado spoke out in favor of a state of emergency lasting at most eight weeks until mid-December. This would at least “save Christmas”, said the leader of the People’s Party (PP).
Spain is one of the countries most severely affected by the pandemic in Western Europe. So far, more than one million infected people have been registered, almost 35,000 people have died with Covid-19, and the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days is 191.11, with an upward trend. For comparison: In Germany this figure is 68.4 according to the Robert Koch Institute.
Record values also in Denmark, Belgium and the Czech Republic
Over the weekend, several EU countries reported record numbers of new coronavirus infections, including France, Denmark, Belgium and the Czech Republic. By Sunday, the European Epidemic Control Council (ECDC) had registered around 5.9 million infections and 208,600 deaths in connection with the coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic.
All restaurants and bars throughout Italy have had to close for guests at 6 p.m. since Monday. Cinemas, theaters, fitness studios, swimming pools, ski resorts and concert halls are also no longer allowed to open. For the time being, the majority of Italian high school students will be taught online. In Slovakia, too, students in the fifth grade and above must switch to online teaching.
In Denmark, no more than ten people may gather in one place from Monday onwards. Kiosks and supermarkets are not allowed to sell alcohol after 22.00 hours. In the Belgian capital of Brussels and the surrounding area, masks are once again compulsory everywhere, with the night curfew beginning at 10 p.m. instead of midnight. Swimming pools, sports clubs and gyms have to close, as do theaters, cinemas and museums.