More and more Covid patients in the intensive care unit

The FFP2 mask has been mandatory again in Bavaria since Sunday, and people who have not been vaccinated often need PCR instead of rapid tests. From Monday, mask requirements apply in schools. And the Free State is walking in big steps towards the red hospital traffic light.

Munich – Bavaria is heading for the red hospital traffic light with even stricter corona rules for unvaccinated people. According to the Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), 589 corona patients were in the intensive care units of the Bavarian hospitals on Sunday afternoon – 52 more than on Friday. At 600 corona patients, the hospital traffic light turns red. Then the 2G rule will be significantly expanded throughout the Free State, unvaccinated people no longer have access to many events and facilities even with a test.

Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) said on Bayerischer Rundfunk that the Free State was “in the middle of an emergency”: Nursing staff were missing, and “the intensive care units are always full”.

Stricter corona rules have been in place for everyone in Bavaria since Sunday: The mask standard has generally been increased to FFP2. Where the 3G rule previously applied, 3G plus now applies. This means that anyone who has not been vaccinated or has recovered can only gain access with an expensive PCR test – a simple rapid antigen test is no longer sufficient. Universities are excluded from this. 2G even applies in clubs and discos: Unvaccinated people are no longer allowed access. From Monday onwards, all students have to wear masks again in class.

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Many Bavarian regions are considered “regional hotspots”. Where the seven-day incidence is over 300 and more than 80 percent of the intensive care beds in the region are occupied, the stricter regulations of the red hospital traffic light already apply. Currently these are the districts of Oberallgäu, Lindau, Neu-Ulm, Augsburg, Straubing-Bogen, Deggendorf, Cham, Regen, Regensburg, Mühldorf am Inn, Berchtesgadener Land and the cities of Rosenheim, Kaufbeuren, Regensburg and Schweinfurt, as the authorities announced at the weekend .

According to DIVI and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 423 of the 3516 intensive care beds that can currently be operated were still free on Sunday afternoon in Bavaria. If necessary, another 956 could be set up within seven days. The numbers change constantly depending on the current occupancy and are constantly updated on the joint homepage of DIVI and RKI.

Bavaria is the front runner when it comes to the occupancy of intensive care beds with Covid patients. In North Rhine only 427 Covid patients were in the intensive care unit on Sunday, Baden-Württemberg 254.

If the Bavarian hospital traffic light turns red, unvaccinated employees in companies with more than ten employees who have contact with other people have to present a negative test twice a week. Trade and local passenger transport are excluded from this. The 2G rule then applies to many events and institutions.

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The Bavarian Hotel and Restaurant Association asked for improvements. “The now valid regulation will put an end to the hospitality industry,” said Association President Angela Inselkammer. It is utopian that unvaccinated employees should undergo a PCR test twice a week at their own expense and pay 800 euros a month for it. The companies could not meet these costs either.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Markus Söder called for “3G mandatory in the workplace throughout Germany”. Employers should have the right to ask whether the employees have been vaccinated or tested, the CSU chief told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Saturday). At the same time, he put pressure on the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) because it only recommends third-party vaccinations against Corona for people over 70 years of age. “It would help if the Standing Vaccination Commission came up with a general booster recommendation,” said Söder. “A refresher must be possible for everyone who needs and wants it.” In addition, the ethics council should again fundamentally deal with the question of mandatory vaccination for nursing staff. dpa