BERLIN – Warning has been heard that the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has already hit Germany when the daily infection rate rises, with the government’s infectious disease agency also saying it is deeply concerned.
“The second wave of coronavirus is already here. It’s happening every day. We have a new group of infections every day that could be a very high number,” Michael Kretschmer, prime minister of the eastern state of Saxony, told Rheinische on Saturday. Post newspaper.
Kretschmer’s comments came a day after the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) government noted a significant increase in new infections every day from around 500 to more than 800 at one point last week.
“This development is very worrying and will continue to be monitored very closely by RKI,” a spokesman told dpa on Friday night. “Further exacerbations of the situation must be avoided.”
Health authorities in Germany reported 781 new infections in the 24 hours to midnight (2200 GMT) on Friday, according to the agency. The previous day the number was 815.
This means that at least 204,964 people in Germany have been infected with the corona virus since the start of the outbreak, RKI reported on Saturday morning, while 9,118 people infected with the virus have died to date, an increase of seven compared to the previous day.
An estimated 189,800 people have recovered from infection on Saturday morning.
Germany has gradually lifted strict restrictions imposed in mid-March to slow the spread of the virus.
When public life was reopened, the government launched a coronavirus tracking application in mid-June that was designed to warn people about possible contact with the virus and trace the chain of infection.
Since then it has been downloaded 16.2 million times, although it began to come under fire this week after extensive operating problems arose.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the problem not only affects Android smartphone users but also iPhone users.
The problem is with the continuous update function that is intended to run in the background to exchange anonymous code; However, the operating system often disables this when the application is not open to save battery.
“Now, on more and more smartphones, contact verification is said to be uneven. This worries more than 15 million users,” the German Foundation for Patient Protection said on Saturday, calling for an explanation from Health Minister Jens Spahn.
The disaster of the application coincides with some terrible data from RKI.
The final reproductive rate, which measures the ability of the disease to spread, is 1.24, up from 1.08 the previous day, which means that the average infected person infects more people.
This number, also known as the R-value, has a lag time of about one and a half weeks. RKI has repeatedly stressed that for the outbreak to subside gradually, this number must remain below 1.
RKI also measures the seven-day R value that is not too affected by daily fluctuations. The latest value is 1.25, up from 1.16 the previous day.
Although the number of new cases is increasing throughout the country, the RKI said on Friday that more than 60 percent was caused by increased infections in the western state of North Rhine Westphalia and in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Regarding the recent increase in the number of new corona virus infections in Germany, Minister of Health Spahn said that this “must be done primarily with travel activities, returning travelers from certain regions, some of them Western Balkans, Turkey.”
He said that even travel between various German federal states “carries the appropriate risk if we do not recognize it.”
“What we have now is a lot of smaller outbreaks,” Spahn said.
“(The question now is) whether this will turn into waves or whether we will be able to solve it together in time, that is, quickly identify and quickly disrupt the infection chain. This requires targeted and extensive testing.”
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