The corona incidence in Munich continues to rise sharply, now the Munich clinics are sounding the alarm. People are already preparing for triage in the city.
As in the previous winter, the number of infections is rising rapidly again nationwide. Munich is also affected by the fourth corona wave. In the Bavarian capital, 1,979 new infections were reported on Friday, November 19, the total number is now 113,828. The seven-day incidence has risen to 754. The value for the Free State of Bavaria is even lower at 613.
November 19: Munich clinics prepare for triage
The municipal clinics in Munich are preparing for a triage. Intensive care beds are “per se no longer free” in the Bavarian capital, said the clinic’s managing director Axel Fischer of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.
Triage means that medical professionals must decide who to help first due to scarce resources. This preparation is necessary, so Fischer to the newspaper, so that you can “act legally and ethically right” if you have to. But at the moment, says the clinic director, “we are not yet using triage.”
November 18: Corona incidence in Munich increases by more than 200 points
A sharp increase in the number of corona infections has been reported in Munich. While the seven-day incidence was just under 500 on Wednesday, it skyrocketed to almost 700 on Thursday. The value is now 694.8. 3,565 new cases were reported. The city of Munich justified the strong increase with the fact that there was also a “follow-up recording of past cases”. In addition, “unfortunately” growth is increasing again exponentially.
Since the Federal Armed Forces have been helping to collect data in the state capital, the reported values have increased rapidly. Just a week ago, the downwardly biased official value was 93.3.
November 17th: Soon no longer ensure supplies in Bavaria’s clinics
Bavaria’s clinics fear that they will no longer be able to provide care for bald patients. The situation is exacerbated by a staff shortage, as Roland Engehausen, managing director of the Bavarian Hospital Society, said of the media group “Münchner Merkur / tz” (Wednesday). Doctors and nurses are “on duty almost around the clock”.
For patients dying, this means that they may continue to drive to find a clinic where they could be treated. In addition, planned interventions would have to be postponed. “And we are also talking about cancer operations that can die for a few days or, if necessary, weeks – but certainly not for months,” said Engehausen. The clinics have come to a point “at which this is no longer justifiable at some point”.
Engehausen calls for a reduction in bureaucracy in the hospitals and more support from politics. “We are currently on a hamster wheel that is turning faster and faster in the wrong direction, because the increasing burden in the pandemic is also leading to more and more failures and recently even to layoffs among the staff,” he said.
November 16: City of Munich cancels the Christmas market
The erectors were already busy with the construction – but now they can give up again. The city of Munich has canceled the Christmas market for this year. The number of infections is too high. Read more about it here.
November 15th: The Christmas market is on the brink
Last Monday, Munich’s Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter admitted that in view of the rising Corona case. “But I cannot give a guarantee,” said Reiter.
Now the market is probably on the brink. The decision as to whether the Munich Christmas markets will be canceled in view of the sharply rising corona numbers could already be made on Tuesday. Then the subject will be discussed intensively in the city’s crisis management team, said Munich mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) in the press club on Monday. If the health authorities tell him that the event is not responsible, “then we will not decide otherwise”.
In addition, Reiter will coordinate with his colleagues from Nuremberg and Augsburg. In his opinion, it would make sense for the three largest cities to coordinate their actions. Should the Christmas market take place, Reiter will have FFP2 masks and separate gastro islands, in which 2G is to apply – to which only vaccinated and convalescent have access. Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has also called for such gastronomic islands.
November 14: Intensive care unit situation will worsen, according to the virologist
The situation in the state capital, whose hospitals play a central role in medical care in Bavaria, is critical. On Sunday only 22 of the 452 intensive care beds were free. In a three-month comparison, the number of corona intensive care patients in Bavaria has increased fifteen-fold, from 47 on August 13 to 707 on Sunday morning.
“The situation is coming to a head,” said the Munich virologist Oliver Keppler on Sunday on Bavarian radio. “It has to be for all of us: The high incidences that we see dying in the last one to two weeks will clearly not really die through to our intensive care units for one to three weeks.”
The head of LMU virology warns of a possibly months-long overload mode if no action is taken. The reason for this is particularly the combination of unvaccinated people and vaccination breakthroughs, since the effect of the corona vaccination, especially in older people, wears off faster than expected by doctors.
This is also reflected in the rest of Bavaria: Overall, less than ten percent of the intensive care beds in 50 of the 96 independent cities and districts were free on Sunday, according to the intensive care register. In 20 Bavarian cities and districts, not a single intensive care bed was left free.
November 12th: First events canceled
In Munich, the first events are being canceled due to the increasing number of infections, reports the “tz”.
The Bavarian State Opera has announced that the play “Die Vögel” will not be performed on November 12th, 14th and 18th. Performances had also been canceled for November 8th, 9th and 10th.
So you want to break chains of infection and make sure that there are no further positive corona cases in the house.
November 11: Munich’s Lord Mayor announces 2G rule for restaurants
Since yesterday the disaster has been gilded for the Free State of Bavaria. Dieter Reiter, the Lord Mayor of Munich, has now reacted: At a press conference on Thursday, he announced tightened corona measures for the Bavarian capital, the “Abendzeitung München” reports.
Dieter Reiter, Lord Mayor of Munich (archive picture): He wants to tighten the corona measures. (Source: Kolbert Press / Ulrich Gamel / imago images)
One is facing a “collapse of the emergency medical care system,” said Reiter accordingly. The intensive care units are full. Starting next week, only those who have been vaccinated and recovered should therefore have access to restaurants and bars. The 2G rule should also apply to both indoor and outdoor areas. There should be an interim solution for twelve to 18 year olds
November 11th: Munich runs out of vaccine
In Munich, as in the entire Free State of Bavaria, the vaccine is becoming scarce. The city of Munich announced on Thursday.
Due to the strong increase in demand for initial and booster vaccinations, the vaccine is running out. The Riem vaccination center has not yet received any further vaccine orders. There is therefore a possibility that various vaccination campaigns will have to be canceled at the weekend, the city announced.
On Wednesday there should have been long waiting times of two to four hours at all vaccination stations in the state capital. There were also insults and insults to the staff on the part of those waiting. The police must have to calm the situation down.
The employees vaccinated the waiting citizens for up to two hours after the closing time. The city calls for an appointment to be vaccinated to avoid long waiting times. “Then you can be sure that you will actually be vaccinated,” said health officer Beatrix Zurek.