Corona traffic light shows triple red for the first time

Corona traffic light shows triple red for the first time

For the first time, Berlin's Corona traffic light rating system is red for all three criteria. The so-called reproduction number (R-value) of 1.47 has now also reached the critical range, according to the health administration's situation report of Monday (11 January 2021).

A microscope image shows the coronavirus.

© dpa

A microscope image shows the coronavirus.

The R-value describes how many people an infected person infects on average. In order to slow down the pandemic, the value would have to be significantly lower than 1. For the other two indicators of the traffic light, the new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days (currently 190.8) and the utilisation of intensive care beds with Covid 19 patients (currently 33 percent), the traffic light has been on red for a long time. The R-value is considered susceptible to fluctuations and has therefore already been criticised. For the traffic light to change for the R-value, the limit value (for red: 1.2) must be exceeded three days in a row.
For the case of two red lights, the Senate had agreed on the need for action. No specific consequence had been set for three red lights when they were introduced in May 2020. "The three red lights raise the question of whether the restrictions we have imposed on ourselves will be enough," explained Berlin's health senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD) when asked by dpa. "We have to further restrict our mobility. Until the vaccination protection can take effect for all of us, this is how we should get the infections under control." Stricter contact restrictions have already been in place in Berlin since the weekend. The Senate will discuss further new restrictions on Tuesday, including a new rule restricting freedom of movement to a radius of 15 kilometres from the city limits.
According to the situation report, 26 new deaths related to Corona infection were recorded, bringing the total number of deaths since spring to 1591. The number of new infections reported has risen by 1036 to a total of 107 233 since the start of the pandemic. A total of 88,187 people are considered to have recovered. Nationwide, the infection figures are currently still not considered very meaningful, as much less was tested over Christmas and New Year's Eve and reports were delayed. In Berlin, too, significantly fewer laboratory tests were carried out at the end of 2020 than before Christmas.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Tuesday, 12. January 2021 08:09 Uhr

More news from Berlin