The rising corona numbers are fueling the debate about the further course of the pandemic. An intensive care doctor expects that more and more hospitals will postpone operations that are not essential for life.
Berlin – In view of the worsening corona situation, calls for nationwide restrictions for unvaccinated people and warnings of increasing stress on hospitals are increasing.
For example, left-wing parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch and the Marburger Bund doctors’ union advocated a nationwide 2G regulation – i.e. access to events only for vaccinated or convalescent people. SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil spoke out in favor of stricter controls on measures, especially in the catering sector. “It must be clear: If you do not adhere to the control of the 3G or 2G certificates as the operator, you have to feel the consequences,” he told the “Rheinische Post”.
Left faction leader Bartsch told the German Press Agency: “It is about weighing up interests and about the question of what is the greater encroachment on fundamental rights: Another lockdown with catastrophic consequences, especially for children and families, or a nationwide 2G model.” The Corona -The situation is out of control again. When it comes to the basic question of fighting a pandemic, there should be no patchwork or false considerations.
Lauterbach calls for 2G again
The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach again called for the widespread use of 2G. “We either need a lockdown or a 2G rule, and there will be no lockdown,” he told the editorial network Germany (RND). A nationwide introduction of the 2G rule would not be enforced in the federal government without the states. “I therefore advise every state government to introduce 2G.” He wants them “in all areas except for basic services”.
According to the RND, the Marburger Bund warned: “If we don’t introduce a nationwide 2G rule, that would be the next mistake in fighting pandemics.” NRW Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) also called for a nationwide 2G regulation in the leisure sector on Tuesday.
The parties of the prospective traffic light coalition – SPD, Greens and FDP – in their draft law for the future nationwide corona rules, which will be discussed in the Bundestag from this week, the federal states are free to decide whether they will order 3G or 2G rules. Some countries have already enacted 2G regulations. With 3G rules, those who have been tested also have access.
RKI continues to report record numbers
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has now reported a record for the seven-day incidence for the third day in a row. A value of 232.1 was registered on Wednesday. Already on Monday (201.1) and Tuesday (213.7) there were records for the daily incidences reported by the RKI. In addition, the RKI reported 39,676 new cases on Wednesday, more new corona infections than ever since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous high was reported on Friday at 37,120.
The virologist Christian Drosten expects “a very stressful winter” and also believes that new contact restrictions are conceivable. “We now have a real emergency situation at the moment,” said the head of virology in the Berlin Charité in view of the situation in the intensive care units in the NDR podcast “The Coronavirus Update”. “We have to do something right now.”
One must also discuss measures “that we actually hoped to have behind us,” said Drosten. “So now we probably have to control the infection activity again through contact measures – not likely, but definitely.” However, he also restricted that it could be legally difficult to enforce broad general contact measures.
Intensive care physician expects more surgery to be postponed
The intensive care doctor Christian Karagiannidis reckons that more and more hospitals will restrict normal operations again and postpone operations in non-life-threatening cases. “We will hardly be able to avoid it,” said the scientific director of the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) on Tuesday evening in the ARD “Tagesthemen”. Karagiannidis referred this particularly to badly affected federal states such as Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia. The Berlin Charité University Medicine has been canceling all plannable interventions since Tuesday in order to deploy more employees to Covid-19 wards.
Karagiannidis explained that about ten percent of intensive care beds in Germany are currently still free. That is relatively little, because an intensive care unit consists of an average of twelve beds. “And at the moment when we regionally drop below five percent free beds, we are in principle no longer able to act in the clinics. And that will overtake us relatively quickly in the next weeks and (…) months (…) at least in the hotspots that we have now – Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia. “
Discussion about compulsory vaccination
Cologne’s Lord Mayor Henriette Reker (independent) considers compulsory vaccination to be indicated if the willingness to vaccinate continues to stagnate. “I’m afraid that if we don’t have a real boost in the vaccination quota by Christmas, we will have to discuss compulsory vaccination for everyone. It can’t go on like this in the long run with the restrictions in our lives, ”said the head of the metropolis of the newspaper“ Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger ”.
However, the head of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at Bielefeld University, Andreas Zick, warned in the editorial network in Germany: “We can discuss compulsory vaccination. But the price for this will be that certain groups among those who oppose the vaccination act much more aggressively. ”It was hoped that herd immunity would offer a way out and that any form of coercive measures could be avoided. Now the situation will get worse. “We keep running into a dilemma that is dramatic. The fourth wave is accompanied by the next wave of radicalization. ”Dpa