PRODUKTION - 07.07.2022, Hessen, Frankfurt/Main: Die Abstrichlösung wird auf den Teststreifen gebracht. Das Testzentrum Frankfurt, direkt am Hauptbahnhof, führt Schnell- und PCR-Test durch. (zu dpa «Nachfrage nach Corona-Tests in Hessen stark zurückgegangen») Foto: Andreas Arnold/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

In the Corona summer wave, the Robert Koch Institute is not giving the all-clear. Incidences and other values ​​have recently fallen significantly in some cases. The general infection pressure and the associated burden on the health system remain high, according to the institute’s weekly report on Covid-19 on Thursday evening.

At the same time, the RKI sees a further need for vaccination among millions of people. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health announced that Minister Karl Lauterbach had contracted the corona virus. The discussion about the protective measures planned by the federal government from autumn has meanwhile continued.

The RKI recorded a significant decrease of 21 percent in the nationwide seven-day incidence in the past week compared to the previous week. On Friday morning, the institute gave the incidence as 432.2. The day before, the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week was 451.3, in the previous week it was 607.0. However, experts have been assuming for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI.

The health authorities in Germany recently reported 59,506 new corona infections to the RKI after 84,798 in the previous week and 165 deaths (previous week: 153) within one day. Here, too, comparisons of the data are only possible to a limited extent due to the test behavior, late registrations or transmission problems.

In addition to the incidence, which incompletely reflects the infection process, the RKI looks at other data sources. The values ​​​​for acute respiratory diseases in the general population, such as the number of doctor visits, have fallen compared to those in the previous week – but are still higher than in previous years at this time, the experts point out. In addition, outbreaks in nursing homes continued to increase.

According to the RKI, deaths related to the virus have recently reached a fairly stable level. The number of hospital admissions of people with severe acute respiratory infections and a Covid 19 diagnosis fell in the last week for the first time in a long time.

With a view to the next few weeks, however, the RKI expects a “continued high number of hospitalizations, Covid 19 patients requiring intensive care and deaths, especially in older age groups”.

The omicron subline BA.5 has increased somewhat at a high level and, according to the latest data, has been found in more than 92 percent of the positive samples. The RKI once again emphasizes the importance of the corona vaccination.

The booster vaccination also protects very effectively against severe courses in Omicron times, which is why, in addition to starting vaccination for the unvaccinated, vaccination gaps must also be closed for those who have only had basic immunization so far, writes an RKI team in the new monthly report on Covid 19 vaccinations.

After the previous low in vaccination in June, a little more than a million vaccinations were registered for the first time in July than in the previous month. Nevertheless, according to the experts, around 1.3 million people over the age of 60 and around 7.8 million people under the age of 60 who are only basic immunized would have to refresh their vaccination protection with at least one vaccination.