The national public health body reported 19,752 new coronavirus infections on Friday. This brought it to its highest numbers since May, which has led to stern warnings from scientists as the country braces for a “difficult” fall wave. But that still lags behind British figures, with 51,484 cases reported in Britain on Thursday.
Other EU countries are also affected by an increase in the number of cases, with Latvia returning to another lockdown. Cases of increases are also reported in Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and Ukraine.
Britain and Germany are banking on promising vaccination programs to prevent a surge in deaths and hospitalizations, but German doctors on Friday warned that there was still a “close correlation” between cases and patients needing treatment. intensive care.
Right now, there are 1,540 Covid patients in intensive care in Germany, up from 1,300 earlier this month.
Of these, 850 patients were put on ventilation.
But the UK’s figure is only slightly higher than Germany’s, with 872 patients on ventilators now.
Christian Karagiannidis, president of the German Society for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, warned: “The current fourth wave has now started and continues to accelerate.
While the UK has fully vaccinated 79 percent of the population, Germany lags behind with 69 percent.
Earlier this week, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said the state of emergency – which has plagued Germany since March last year – could end in November.
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But regional leaders have urged health chiefs to approach removing those restrictions with utmost caution amid growing cases of the virus.
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder said on Thursday that lifting the restrictions would leave the country “defenseless”.
Doctors have also warned that German health services could come under immense pressure as the virus tightens its grip on the country.
Stefan Kluge, director of the intensive care clinic at Hamburg-Eppendorf University Hospital, told German news channel Taggeschau that the “predictable difficult wave of autumn and winter”, as well as an increase flu cases, could test intensive care “once again up to and beyond its limits.”
Unlike the UK, face masks are still mandatory in most settings and vaccine passports are widely required.
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But this week, government science advisers urged ministers to start preparing for the ‘rapid deployment’ of Covid restriction measures, imploring Westminster to ‘act now rather than later’.
Discussions of a Plan B to curb the surge in cases have been tackled as the UK looks set to enter a winter crisis.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said last week that home counseling and vaccine certification – part of the government’s proposed ‘plan B’ – “would reduce the need for more stringent, disruptive and disruptive measures. more sustainable ”in the future.