Austria and Germany. Neighboring countries report worse covid numbers than last year

More serious situation than a year ago. “This year’s case numbers are significantly higher than in the same period last year,” said the Robert Koch Institute, which monitors the development of the pandemic in Germany. According to him, the probability of contact with an infectious person is growing, the office also “strongly recommended” that people get vaccinated, according to The Local server.

The epidemic situation is also deteriorating in neighboring Austria. The country registered another 6102 cases of coronavirus infection in the past day. The last number of people infected per day, over 6,500, was last recorded by the Austrian authorities last November 21, when the country faced a second wave of pandemics.

In Germany, 66.5 percent of the population has so far been vaccinated against coronavirus. According to a Forsa survey commissioned by the Ministry of Health, 65 percent of those not vaccinated for injection will not leave in the next two months. Another 23 percent, according to the Deutsche Welle server, said that they would “probably not get vaccinated”, only two percent of respondents were going to be vaccinated, but only had not yet found time for that.

The most common reasons why Germans do not want to be vaccinated were the feeling that they were forced to be vaccinated, as well as ambiguities about the safety of vaccines for pregnant women or women trying to conceive. A total of 34 percent of respondents lack long-term studies of possible side effects.

According to the survey, even increasingly full hospitals will not convince the German population of greater vaccinations. The German Hospital Association (DKG) warned on Thursday that the country had entered a “critical pandemic situation” when most hospital patients were infected with covid-19.

The hospital reports a forty percent increase in bed occupancy in normal wards compared to a week ago, and there has also been a 15 percent increase in the number of patients requiring intensive care. “If this development continues, we will again have around 3,000 patients in intensive care units in just two weeks,” Deutsche Welle quoted Gerard Gasse, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DKG.

“Even if the hospitals manage the situation, it will not be possible without restrictions on normal operation,” Gass added. During the peak of the pandemic in Germany in January 2021, more than 5,700 patients with covid-19 were in the beds of intensive care units, adds Deutsche Welle.

Authorities in Germany have reported 21,543 new cases of coronavirus infection and 90 covid-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute. One week ago, Germany reported 15,145 infections and 86 dead, the DPA reported.

According to current RKI data, the so-called seven-day incidence, which indicates how many people have become infected per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days, is 145.1. It thus increased from 139.2 in the previous day.

The number of hospitalized with covid-19 in a seven-day total per 100,000 inhabitants increased to 3.5 from 3.31 on Thursday on Thursday. This value was highest around last Christmas, at about 15.5. This indicator is currently key for the possible implementation of anti-epidemic measures, however, due to large differences between individual regions, it has not been determined at the national level what value should be considered critical.

German data journalist Olaf Gersemann from the daily Die Welt on Thursday pointed out a comparison of the current situation with that of last year. At that time, the seven-day incidence was lower than today, and there were fewer patients in intensive care units.

Gersemann also recalled that a year had passed since the announcement of a strategy known as “lockdown light”, where only restaurants, bars or gyms were closed, while workplaces, shops or schools were left open by the government. It was a milder closure than in the spring of last year, according to the BBC.

Due to the deteriorating epidemic situation, German Health Minister Jens Spahn once again urged the Germans to get vaccinated, including the third “booster” dose of the vaccine. “We have more than enough vaccines,” Spahn told RBB Inforadio on Friday. The minister himself was vaccinated with the third dose on Thursday, informs The Local server.

“Currently, booster vaccination is recommended especially for selected groups of people who are considered more endangered by the delta variant in winter,” Spahn explained in an interview. In Germany, this recommendation applies to people over the age of 70, people in care services, people with a long-term illness or healthcare professionals.

A booster dose is also recommended for people to whom healthcare professionals have given one of the so-called vector vaccines, vaccines from AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson. “But (booster dose) is available to anyone who is interested,” Spahn said. “Everyone who receives a booster dose after discussing it with their doctor is doing something to ensure that we get through the cold safely,” the minister added.

For people vaccinated with a two-dose vaccine, the German authorities recommend a minimum of six months between the second and third dose. In the case of vaccination with a single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, the interval is reduced to four months.

Germany is also currently dealing with the approaching end of the state of emergency, which gives the federal government greater powers in the fight against the pandemic. It expires on November 25. The three parties that are likely to form a new government, the Social Democrats (SPD), the Liberals (FDP) and the Greens, do not support its extension. However, the Prime Ministers do not like this, fearing ambiguity in anti-epidemic measures, says Deustche Welle.

Austria also reports higher numbers of infections. The number of new cases in the last seven days per 100,000 population has increased to 339. There are 1,406 people in hospitals, of which 273 are in intensive care units. Tyrol has recently tightened measures after Vienna and Styria.

The regions are working hard against the unvaccinated, who can no longer take part in events for more than 500 people or visit restaurants and bars late at night. From November 8, you will need proof of vaccination or confirmation of passing the disease, not just a negative test, according to The Local server.

The Austrian parliament also agreed by a majority (with the exception of the Free Party of Austria) that health insurance companies would deliver a letter to the boxes of unvaccinated Austrians over the age of 12 informing them of the risks of covid-19. The deputies also voted that vaccinations will be free for the people of Austria until June 2022, as well as booster benefits, writes The Local.