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Friday, November 19, 2021

A fourth wave of COVID infections has seen case numbers reach record levels in Germany. The health minister has said a lockdown "can't be ruled out."

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...What is the current COVID situation in Germany?

In the past two weeks, the number of new cases has jumped by more than 60%.

On Friday, Germany recorded 52,970 daily new infections, a day after registering over 65,000 daily cases, a record since the start of the pandemic. Health officials are warning that the number is likely to at least double in the coming days.

Uwe Janssens, secretary-general of the German Society for Internal Intensive Care, told DW the numbers were "absolutely worrying."

He pointed out that patients who suffer severe disease after getting infected with the virus end up in the intensive care unit much later, "with a delay of up to 15 days."

"Currently, around 0.8% of infected people will have to be treated further in an intensive care unit during the course of an infection," he said. And if there are 50,000-60,000 new infections a day, "you can count how many people will reach the intensive care units in 7 to 10 to 12 days."

The situation is becoming "too much to handle," he stressed. ...

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#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-19 10:38 AM | Reply

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Austria will enter lockdown and make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory
www.npr.org

...Austria will go into a national lockdown to contain a fourth wave of coronavirus cases, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced Friday, as new COVID-19 infections hit a record high amid a pandemic surge across Europe.

The lockdown will start Monday and initially will last for 10 days, Schallenberg said.

And starting Feb. 1, the country will also make vaccinations mandatory.

Most stores will close, and cultural events will be canceled next week. People will be able to leave their homes only for certain specific reasons, including buying groceries, going to the doctor or exercising.

Wolfgang Mueckstein, the country's health minister, said that kindergartens and schools would remain open for those who needed to go there but all parents were asked to keep their children at home if possible.

"We do not want a fifth wave," Schallenberg said, according to ORF. "Nor do we want a sixth or seventh wave."

The full lockdown is the latest effort to control rapidly rising case numbers. It's the fourth nationwide lockdown since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. On Friday, the country reported 15,809 new infections, an all-time high.

Earlier this month, Austria introduced rules that barred unvaccinated people from restaurants, hotels and large events.

And starting Monday, the government is imposing a national lockdown only for the unvaccinated....

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#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-19 10:40 AM | Reply

COVID and kids: How is the fourth wave affecting German schools?
www.dw.com

...The highest incidence rates in Germany are among children and teenagers. Schools are trying to stay open. But that no longer works everywhere. ...


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-19 01:55 PM | Reply

At least they have MB out partying in the crowds to help.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-19 08:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#4

Here in Connecticut we're starting to see a slow uptick in cases. The number of people in the hospital due to COVID has crossed over the 200 threshold, which is concerning. Not for the number, but for the trend.

Even Vermont, a state with good vaccination stats are raising concerns.

News roundup: Vermont Dept. of Health reports 461 new COVID-19 cases Friday
www.vpr.org

...COVID-linked hospitalizations remain high in Vermont, as state health officials reported another day of near-record new virus infections today....

This is a problem.


The question, in my mind, is: how do we solve it?


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-19 08:30 PM | Reply

Austria is at 66%, Germany at 70%, and Vermont is at 72% vaccinated. Seems very clear that that dead weight is dragging everyone else down.

#6 | Posted by censored at 2021-11-19 08:38 PM | Reply

@#6

That seems to be a reasonable conclusion when you look at the stats comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the hospitals.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-11-19 08:50 PM | Reply

Italy's at almost 80% and they've had 10,000 new cases. That's one third of what their peak was.
Germany and Austria, however, have doubled the number of cases from their past peaks. That's insane, and makes it clear why they're doing what they're doing.

This seems to indicate that low 70's aren't sufficient, but 80% and higher may significantly help in burning out the virus. That is something that should be easily achievable

It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2021-11-19 08:54 PM | Reply

Good stats, no sign-in required:
www.nytimes.com

#9 | Posted by YAV at 2021-11-19 08:59 PM | Reply

The question is, who are the majority of the newly infected? The already vaccinated, or the unvaccinated? If it's the later, it may be best to let it 'burn through' their population
and help either 'educate them as to the stupidity of arguing with a pathogen' or help rid the world of their stupidity.

#10 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-11-20 11:59 PM | Reply

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