Hanover/Bremen (dpa/lni) – After a temporary weakening over the Easter holidays, the general corona infection situation in the north-west tightened somewhat again by Thursday. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of new infections in Lower Saxony per 100,000 inhabitants increased slightly to 935.1 within a week. On Wednesday the value was still 899.0 – which corresponded to a significant decrease compared to Good Friday (1410.7).
However, no figures were transmitted from the state to the RKI over the holidays. In addition, there had been fewer doctor contacts and analyzes in laboratories, so delayed reports could possibly be included in the current data. As of Thursday morning, there were 24,618 additional cases of Covid-19 in the municipalities of Lower Saxony, meaning that the total of diseases registered since the beginning of the pandemic has now exceeded the two million mark (2,024,212). Eleven more people died in connection with the corona virus.
In the smallest federal state of Bremen, the seven-day incidence rose from 840.3 to 852.0. By Thursday morning, there were two more deaths out of a total of 1,923 additional confirmed Covid 19 cases.
Starting in autumn, appointments for a fourth vaccination will be planned in Lower Saxony in order to keep the level of immunization in the population as high as possible before next winter, when more indoor contacts will come again. There are still many new infections at the moment – but the disease burden is often below the severity of earlier variants of the virus and the time when vaccines were not widely available.
The hospitalization incidence, which indicates the number of Covid 19 patients and patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants, continued to decrease until Thursday. It fell to 10.3 from 10.9 a.m. the previous day. At the end of last week, this value was still 13.9. The occupancy of the intensive care beds in Lower Saxony has also been falling since Wednesday, from 4.7 to 4.6 percent.
The highest seven-day incidence in the country was reported for the district of Oldenburg (1626.3). This was followed by the county of Bentheim (1568.6) and the district of Ammerland (1374.5). The values were lowest in Heidekreis (633.9), in the Hanover region (624.1) and in the city of Wolfsburg (449.0).
At the beginning of autumn, further vaccinations for all people should be offered across the board in Lower Saxony, as announced by the deputy head of the state government’s Corona crisis team, Claudia Schröder. Because for many, the third “pike” against the virus was several months ago. The country will maintain the infrastructure with vaccinating doctors and mobile teams.
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