Berlin (TEH) – At least 67,898 people in Germany are infected with the new coronavirus. This emerges from an evaluation by the German Press Agency on Wednesday morning, which takes into account the reported numbers of the federal states.
Calculated per 100,000 inhabitants, Hamburg has the most infections with a value of 124.4. Baden-Wurttemberg (120.3) and Bavaria (118.6) follow. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has the fewest registered infections per 100,000 inhabitants with 25.6. The value for all of Germany is 81.7. Experts estimate that the number of unreported cases is high for the whole country.
At least 721 people infected with Sars-CoV-2 have reportedly died nationwide so far. Several Germans died abroad in connection with a corona infection. Among them were two tourists on a trip to Egypt and a 67-year-old tourist in Cyprus. A 42-year-old German died on the Greek island of Crete.
The deadline in which the number of infected people doubles is not as insignificant as to how the measures work. According to the “The Eastern Herald Newspaper”, the time in which the number of infected people doubles is 10.2 (previous day: 9) days in NRW and 6.2 (previous day: 5) in Bavaria. According to the newspaper’s figures, Berlin has the greatest slowdown effect with 12.1 (previous day: 9) days. For all of Germany, the doubling rate was 7.1 days on Wednesday morning.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had made this figure, i.e. the slowdown in the doubling, the yardstick for a possible easing of the measures. According to her head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun (CDU), the numbers nationwide initially doubled after three days. The goal, however, must be that the number of infected people only doubles after “10, 12 or 14 days”. Then a point is likely to be reached where the health system is not overwhelmed.
This Wednesday (2:00 p.m.), Merkel will again discuss the Corona crisis with the Prime Ministers of the federal states. It should also be about the efficiency of the previous anti-corona measures and an assessment of the development of new infections in Germany.
The federal and state governments had passed strict contact restrictions for people on March 22, which should apply at least until April 5. However, many countries had already decided on the contact restrictions by April 20 – the Easter holidays often end on this day.