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CORONA IN GERMANY – RKI card shows illnesses in children

This map of Germany scares us at first glance: Are we in the middle of the thickest Corona mess again?

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) registers a particularly high number of corona infections among children and adolescents in individual regions of Germany. In eight districts, the seven-day incidence among 10 to 19-year-olds is currently more than 500, the RKI wrote on Thursday evening for an evaluation in the new Corona weekly report on Twitter.

More detailed information on the districts and their respective numbers were not given, but on a map, the districts were colored accordingly. The RKI also gave no information on possible backgrounds for the regionally high numbers.

Nationwide, the seven-day incidence last week in the age groups under 20 years, however, fell slightly compared to the previous week, it was said in summary. In contrast, the values ​​for people over 20 increased slightly.

The RKI also spoke of 636 school breakouts nationwide in the past four weeks – due to possible late registrations, however, the past two weeks in particular cannot yet be assessed.

For some time now, numerous corona infections have been detected, especially in children from school age and in adolescents. The virus is tested regularly at daycare centers and schools. The Covid-19 vaccines have so far been approved for ages twelve and up.

The vaccination rate for 12 to 17 year olds is much lower than for adults. Children and adolescents are significantly less likely to get seriously ill with Covid-19 than older people, but there are still unanswered questions about long-term consequences.

Number of intensive care patients stagnates

The RKI continues to write that there has been a plateau in the number of cases of patients with Covid-19 in the intensive care units over the past few weeks. Almost 1,400 adults are currently cared for there. The Divi Intensive Register indicates the proportion of underage people affected at 0.7 percent (as of October 14).

In the groups over 70 years of age for which the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) now recommends a booster vaccination, the increase in incidence is largely slight, according to the report.

It is larger, especially among the very old over 90 years – the value rose from 39 to 48 from the week before last to last week. In older age, the immune response after vaccinations is generally lower and vaccination breakthroughs can more often lead to a severe course, according to the Stiko justification for the booster vaccinations.

Overall, the RKI currently rates the situation in terms of the number of infections as stagnating. The developments in the individual federal states differ. In a comparison of the past two weeks, Saxony, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Saarland recorded significant increases, according to the weekly report.

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