German coronavirus infection rate hits highest since it begin of the pandemic

People queue get a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during one night of vaccinations with music, in the vaccination center Arena Treptow in Berlin, Germany, August 9, 2021. John Macdougall/Pool via REUTERS

FRANKFURT, Nov. 8 (Reuters) – German coronavirus infection rate has risen to be highest level since the start of the pandemic, public health figures showed on Monday, and the doctors warned they will need postpone planned operations in coming weeks to face.

The seven-day incidence rate – the number of people to be infected per 100,000 over the last week – rose to 201.1, higher than a previous one record of 197.6 in December last year, figures from the Robert Koch Institute showed on Monday.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 4,782,546 from 4,767,033 a day earlier. The number of deaths met 33 increased to a total of 96,558.

State Prime Minister Markus Soeder of Bavaria has called for more decisive action in view of the new peak in the incident rate. More needs to be done “than a little mandatory testing” in old people’s homeshe told Deutschlandfunk radio.

He called for tests are offered for free of to upload again, vaccination centers need to be reactivated and for states and federal government to coordinate their strategies. Germany has abolished free testing to encourage people to get shots.

Christian Karagiannidis, scientific director at the DIVI association for intensive and emergency medicine, said one expected rise in corona cases in coming weeks meant some planned surgeries should be postponed.

“We will only in be able to go with the last of all emergencies as savings are made somewhere else, but definitely not with surgical cancer treatments,” he told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.

Germany has already had to some patients move from regions with overloaded hospitals.

The three German parties are working towards an agreement on An coalition government in return for begin December will present proposals until combat a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country on This is reported by the daily Die Welt on Monday.

The plan includes the reintroduction of free testing.

Writing by Vera Eckert and Paul Carrel, editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Mark Heinrich

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