ESuch a high number of new confirmed Covid 19 cases has not yet been reported in Hesse from one day to the next. The Robert Koch Institute speaks of 1133 new infections. That is an increase of 51 percent on Wednesday. The previous record of 882 other infected people was dated October 17. Since the pandemic started in March, the confirmed infections add up to 28,440. There are only more in North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. For comparison: on September 1, there were just under 15,600. Against this background and the generally very lively infection process in Germany, the head of the RKI is very concerned.
Frankfurt has moved up ahead of Offenbach and the Groß-Gerau district at the top of the list Hotspots set in Hessen. The RKI now shows a seven-day incidence of 143.8 for the city, that is, the new cases within a week under 100,000 inhabitants. No other metropolis in Germany has a higher value; Solingen and Herne are slightly above the larger cities (see map). Frankfurt came earlier to 124.4.
In Offenbach, too, the infection rate remains extremely lively. For the neighboring city of Frankfurt a value of a good 126 is posted after 129 before. In the Groß-Gerau district, the incidence jumped from just under 100 to a good 110. In Kassel, the situation is visibly easing after an outbreak of the virus in an initial reception facility in the state. The incidence has dropped from more than 100 to 70.
Why the RKI is a little behind
The Main metropolis had already reported 5431 confirmed cases since March, 117 more than the day before. The RKI, on the other hand, spoke of 5352. The loophole stems from the fact that the Federal Institute does not simply take over the numbers registered by the health authorities, but double-check them. That is why it lags a bit behind in time. Frankfurt attributes a good 1,300 active cases to itself, i.e. people with infections that have not been overcome.
The infection rate is also worsening significantly in the state capital Wiesbaden. There are now 93 new cases under 100,000 inhabitants within a week after 82 before. The neighboring Mainz comes in at 75.
Under the first warning level according to the escalation concept of the State of Hesse (see grafic) was last only the rural Werra-Meißner district. But now it is also on the first warning level with a value of just under 22.
The number of people who suffered the consequences of their Corona infection died has since increased from 532 to 593. Three more corona victims came overnight. As a result, the increase in deaths is slowing again, because eight and six more deaths had been reported the previous days.
Around 20,800 recovered
The group of those who had recovered had grown by 200 to 300 people on the previous days. It stays that way. According to the RKI, there are now around 20,800 men, women and children who have had their infection behind them. Statistically, there are a good 35 recovered people for one corona death; that is a new record.
The RKI only estimates the number of those who have recovered. An infection is over after a good two weeks. Anyone who then does not receive medical treatment is considered to have recovered, as they say.
Increasingly more ventilated patients
In view of the sharp rise in the number of corona infections, a complete ban on visits to the Fulda Clinic will apply again this Friday. Exceptions could be made in individual cases after consultation with the ward for fathers-to-be, visits to the children’s clinic, as well as to the intensive care units and the palliative ward, the clinic announced on Thursday according to dpa. Similar requirements also apply in Wiesbaden and the Frankfurt University Clinic.
The clinics in Hessen are treating significantly more Covid 19 patients than a week ago. The number of those who are in intensive care units and need ventilation has risen sharply. As the Ministry of Social Affairs announced to the FAZ on Wednesday, there are 567 corona patients in a clinic; a week ago there were 399. After 67 patients before, 110 people are now connected to ventilators. That is an increase of almost two thirds.
Conversely, there are fewer beds available at Hessian hospitals. According to the ministry, 6033 are free, which is a minus of 155. Of these, 599 are so-called ventilation beds, 62 fewer than a week ago. These payers are updated weekly. The ministry did not say whether there are sufficiently trained staff everywhere for every free bed.
The Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs publishes an overview of the corona development every day, broken down into districts and urban districts. It refers to figures from the RKI. In the first weeks of the pandemic, it also took into account data from the Hessian state examination and investigation office in the health system at the Gießen regional council, to which the health authorities must report the new cases. In order to establish consistency, the ministry now only uses the RKI information.
From a Frankfurt perspective, it is fundamentally important: The positive tests taken at the airport are not assigned to the city. Rather, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs, they are reflected in the statistics of the health department, which is responsible for the respective returnee. This can also be the Frankfurt office or another in Hesse, but also an authority in another federal state.