Dhe number of corona infections in Germany has exceeded the threshold of 1,000 new cases for the third day in a row. The health authorities in Germany reported 1122 new infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. Since the beginning of the crisis, at least 215,336 people in Germany have been shown to have been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus, the RKI reported on this Saturday morning.
The number has decreased somewhat compared to Friday, when 1147 new cases were reported. On Thursday, the number of new infections with 1045 corona cases was above the 1000 threshold for the first time. This was last exceeded on May 9th. After that, the number tended to decrease, and since the end of July the values have been rising again.
According to the RKI, the number of deaths in connection with a corona infection is 9195. By Saturday morning, it is estimated that 196,400 people had survived the infection.
Criticism of Corona test duty
The reproduction number, or R-value for short, was 1.16 (previous day: 0.99). This means that an infected person infects another person on average. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand.
In addition, the RKI gives a so-called seven-day R. It refers to a longer period of time and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. This value was also 1.16 (previous day: 1.06). It shows the infection process from 8 to 16 days ago.
The German Association of General Practitioners criticizes the compulsory corona test for travelers returning from risk areas. “To test a lot is sensible in itself, but the obligation to test is actionism that I think little of,” said the association chairman Ulrich Weigeldt of the newspaper “Welt”. The risk areas have been divided into “far too generalized” and many general practitioners are not equipped for a huge “rush of test-willing”.
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Weigeldt also described it as “absurd” that returning travelers would have to make the doctor believe that they had actually been abroad – for example with a boarding pass or a hotel bill. “We are doctors who are there to treat people and not the branch of the Federal Ministry of Health. How am I supposed to check a hotel bill at all? Who was where and when exactly? ”Said Weigeldt. “That’s crazy.”
Anyone who comes to Germany from risk areas must be tested for the virus on their return to Germany this Saturday – free of charge. Alternatively, a negative test result that is no more than two days old can be presented. Returnees from risk areas without a negative corona test have to go into quarantine for two weeks – a regulation that has already applied.
A list of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows which countries are considered risk areas. Currently there are around 130 of the almost 200 countries worldwide from Egypt to Russia to the United States. From the EU, Luxembourg, the Belgian province of Antwerp and some regions of northern Spain are currently on the list.
On Friday, two schools in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania were also closed due to the corona virus after the first week. School lessons began again in Hamburg on Thursday after the summer vacation.