The number of seriously ill people being treated with Covid-19 in intensive care units in Germany has fallen to less than 1,000. The status was exactly 979 in the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Friday.

This number of patients has not been this low since the end of August of the previous year. In December 2021, almost 4900 seriously ill Covid 19 cases were treated at the same time, after which the values ​​dropped with intermittent plateau phases.

The scientific director of the Divi intensive care register, Christian Karagiannidis, said on request that he expected a further decline. It is time to recover and develop resilience. “We need strength for autumn and winter” – it is now important to prepare optimally for the infection pressure that will then increase again. “This also means that we should leave extreme positions and shake hands again.”

Exactly one year ago, the number of seriously ill people in intensive care units in Germany with Covid-19 was more than four times higher than it is currently, according to the Divi numbers. The now lower number of severe courses – despite the very high number of infections – is attributed by experts to the increasing build-up of immunity in the population, especially through vaccinations. The omicron variant, which has become increasingly widespread since the end of last year, is also considered less pathogenic per se.