Minister of Health Spahn warns of capacity bottlenecks in hospitals due to the rapid increase in intensive care patients. According to the Robert Koch Institute, 14,964 new corona infections were reported in Germany on Wednesday morning within one day.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn warned against overtaxing the German health care system by severe disease courses in the corona pandemic. “When the intensive care units are full, it will be too late,” the CDU politician told Südwestrundfunk (SWR) radio on Wednesday. Recently, the number of patients infected with the corona virus has risen significantly. “Still at a tolerable level, as of today,” said Spahn. It is better to break the wave now.
According to the Robert Koch Institute on Wednesday morning, 14,964 new corona infections were reported in Germany within one day – a record number in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of Covid-19 patients undergoing intensive care treatment recently rose from 590 (12.10.) to 1470 patients (27.10.).
“It is now really up to us, all of us,” said Spahn. He said he was looking for a joint effort in November to reduce his own contacts. He said that the priority was to keep daycare centers and schools open and to keep the economy running. Contacts should be reduced, especially in the leisure sector and in private life – for example, to get the situation under control again at Christmas, the minister said.
On this Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) will meet with the Minister Presidents of the German states. According to a draft submitted to the German Press Agency, the federal government wants to temporarily close theaters, cinemas, operas, concert halls, pubs, bars and discotheques, among others, from November 4 onwards due to massively increasing corona infection figures.
“I am very confident that we will find a uniform line,” said Spahn in the run-up to the virtual meeting. For sectors such as tourism, gastronomy and culture, he said it was “a very hard decision” if closures were to take place in November. Spahn therefore demanded “a generous, targeted aid package”.