Over 1000 new corona cases: Seven new deaths

Over 1000 new corona cases: Seven new deaths

Again, more than 1000 corona infections have been reported in Berlin within one day. According to the situation report of Wednesday (November 4, 2020), the number of cases rose by 1148 to a total of 35,966, according to data from the health administration.

A virologist puts a cotton swab into a plastic tube.

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A virologist puts a cotton swab into a plastic tube.

Of these, 22,417 people are considered to have recovered; 272 died in connection with the virus, seven more than the day before. Meanwhile, the burden on intensive care units continues to grow: 18.2 percent of the beds there are now occupied by Covid-19 patients (a week ago: 11.6 percent; Tuesday: 17.1 percent). A total of 863 corona infected patients are undergoing inpatient treatment, 234 of them in intensive care units. This is already significantly more than in spring: according to the Divi Intensive Care Register, the peak at that time was reached on April 20 with 153 intensive care cases.

Current rate of cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 182.5

If the utilization of the intensive care units rose to more than 25 percent, the Berlin Corona traffic lights jumped to red even with this factor. With the case numbers per 100,000 inhabitants last week, this has been the case for some time: the value is 182.5 - the target is a number below 50. In the green range is currently only the so-called reproduction number with 0.77. This means that an infected person infects on average less than another person.

Effects of partial lockdown possibly felt in two to three weeks

To the country wide development with the R-value - this sank easily - the Robert Koch institute (RKI) had explained on Tuesday, it is still unclear whether it concerns a stable trend or a fluctuation. In order to get back into a controllable situation, the reproduction number would have to remain well below 1 for a long time, at 0.7 or even lower. Due to the time from infection to symptoms, testing and recording according to RKI data, it takes two to three weeks before the effects of the partial lockdown, which has been in effect since Monday, become apparent.

Younger people are more likely to be affected by infections

A spokesperson for the health administration announced that the number of older people is increasing. Most new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days - 112 - are currently recorded in the over-90s group. However, it should be noted that due to the demographically smaller proportion of very old people, a relatively small increase in the number of cases leads to a high incidence, the spokesperson said. The risk of serious and fatal coronavirus infections increases with age. In recent weeks, younger people were more likely to be affected by infections.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Thursday, 5. November 2020 08:54 Uhr

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