Host Nation Update, January 6
RKI reports 64,340 new infections
Public health departments have reported 64,340 new Corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute. This is 21,570 more cases than last Thursday. The nationwide seven-day incidence rises to 285.9 from 258.6 the previous day. The figure has been rising day by day since late December, although the RKI continues to assume underreporting of new infections because of fewer tests and reports over the vacations and vacations. 443 more people died in connection with the virus. A week ago, there were 383 deaths. (Robert Koch Institute, January 6)
Counties and cities in northern and eastern Germany with the highest incidences
Bremen currently has the highest seven-day incidence in a nationwide comparison. According to figures released by the Robert Koch Institute this morning, the city has a case incidence of 760.9 per 100,000 inhabitants within one week. This is followed by the Schleswig-Holstein district of Dithmarschen with an incidence of 671.7 and Erfurt in Thuringia with 589.2. The most severely affected regions are currently mainly in the east and north of Germany. (Robert Koch Institute, January 6)
Expert: Omicron could increasingly affect normal hospital departments
According to experts, the spreading Omikron variant threatens to place a greater burden on normal hospital units. Patients would then “no longer come primarily because of a covid disease, but there is an accidental corona finding on admission,” says Professor Tobias Welte, Director of Pneumology at the Hannover Medical School (MHH), to the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. This then means that many people are infected, but also that incidence and hospitalization are no longer reliable markers for severe disease and hospital burden.” Welte expects the number of new infections to rise rapidly as school starts next week. “However, I think the educational institutions should still remain open; the negative effects of the school closures last year will be with us for a long time as it is.”(Ntv, January 6)
No evidence to suggest Corona vaccination causes infertility
The rumor that Corona vaccination can make you infertile is so persistent that the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) addresses it in a question-and-answer piece.
In the section “Vaccination in Pregnant Women, Breastfeeding Women, and Those Intending to Have Children,” it says of the claim, widespread especially on the Internet, that vaccination makes women or men infertile: “This statement is false.” The RKI then lists several points to back up these words: In the studies before the vaccines were approved, there had been no evidence of the occurrence of infertility after vaccination.
The Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends vaccination for women of childbearing potential and pregnant women from the 2nd trimester (from the 13th week), since pregnant women in particular have an increased risk of a severe course. Vaccination is also recommended for breastfeeding women.
(Ntv, January 4)
The “Winter Bird Hour” approaches
Citizens can count birds on their doorstep for one hour from Thursday (January 6th) to Sunday (January 9th). This is when the Landesbund für Vogelschutz (LBV) in Hilpoltstein, Bavaria, and the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) in Berlin are once again calling for the “Stunde der Wintervögel” (Winter Bird Hour), which they claim is Germany’s largest hands-on ‘citizen science’ campaign.
This will be the twelfth edition of the effort. The intent is to examine trends over time, according to the LBV, so the collected data will be compared over several years. According to the nature conservation organizations, more than 236,000 people took part in the campaign last January.
Details about the count and how to report observations can be found at www.stundederwintervoegel.de.