Number of Covid infections rises: High demand expected for hotlines

Number of Covid infections rises: High demand expected for hotlines

Because infection numbers in the Coronavirus pandemic are on the rise again, the districts expect a higher number of calls for the Coronavirus hotlines. The more infections, the higher the demand, said Gudrun Widders, head of the health department in Spandau.


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Demand for the hotlines depends heavily on the number of Coronavirus case numbers, Widders explained. The people responsible for the Coronavirus hotlines in other district offices such as Berlin-Mitte and Neukölln also expect an increase in demand. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Berlin Health Administration has offered a central hotline. In addition, each of the twelve districts offers their own hotline as well.
On Sunday, the seven-day incidence in Berlin had fallen slightly. According to the Robert Koch Institute, 139.2 out of 100,000 people were infected with the coronavirus in the past seven days. On the previous day, the value had been 141.6, a week ago it had been 123.7. According to RKI information, there were slight fluctuations during the last week, but the overall trend points to an increase of infections. In addition to this, not all data concerning Covid-19 infections is transmitted over the the weekend.
The incidence is only one value to assess the development in the pandemic. The Corona traffic light, which is a warning light system of the Berlin Senate, showed red on Sunday. The occupancy of intensive care beds with Covid-19 patients was last assessed with yellow, but not updated over the weekend. The so-called hospitalization incidence, which indicates how many people per 100,000 inhabitants were hospitalized within a week after a Corona infection, showed green. About two-thirds of Berliners are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the Health Administration.
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The twelve state-owned Coronavirus testing centers in Berlin are to remain in operation, as the Senate Department for Health informed the German press agency DPA in response to an inquiry: "According to current plans, nothing will change." Currently, 500 Covid-19 tests per day are possible in the centers, making a total of 6000. Among other things, people who currently cannot get vaccinated can be tested there, such as people with certain pre-existing conditions or children under the age of twelve. For these groups of people, rapid or PCR tests are free of charge; however, Corona tests are no longer generally free of charge for everyone. Following a decision at the federal level, citizen testing at zero cost ended on October 10.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Monday, 1. November 2021 12:26 Uhr

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