German hospitals face deepening crisis as COVID-19 infections and deaths rise

German hospitals face deepening crisis as COVID-19 infections and deaths rise

The predominance of the BA.4 and BA.5 coronavirus variants as well as the end of all protective measures against COVID-19 have led to a rapid increase in the number of infections. The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s central agency for infectious diseases, reported 135,402 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, and on Tuesday there were up to 147,489. The 7-day incidence rose to more 690 infections per 100,000 population, down from 650 on Monday.

These figures do not even reflect the true extent of the disaster. The abolition of free testing, the removal of mandatory testing for certain activities and the dramatic reduction in testing options mean that only a portion of total infections are recorded. Every day, 100 to 200 people die from COVID-19. Officially, there have already been 142,000 coronavirus deaths in Germany.

Patient in an intensive care unit (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

As a result of the murderous policy of mass infection, hospitals, out of breath for two and a half years, are again on the verge of bankruptcy. On Monday, according to the daily report from the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care exceeded 1,000. acts the highest number of patients since mid-May.

The scientific director of the DIVI, Christian Karagiannidis, warned that the occupancy rate of hospital beds for the summer season was relatively high. The number of available beds will continue to decline due to staff shortages, he added. It is not just the increasing number of hospital admissions that is pushing the entire health care system to its limits. More and more employees are infected and are therefore absent from the workplace.

The managing director of the German Hospital Society (DKG), Gerald Gaß, told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND): “We receive reports from all federal states that individual wards and departments have to be closed due to a lack of staff. Sometimes even emergency room admissions are affected.

“We are seeing bottlenecks in hospitals, especially in Schleswig-Holstein with its particularly high infection rates,” said Susanne Johna, president of the Marburger Bund doctors’ union, in a statement. Handelsblatt. “The health system is reaching its limits in places. In the third year of the pandemic, it is a real disaster.

Looking ahead to the next fall wave, Johna explained: “Then we will not only be dealing with coronavirus, but probably also an aggressive flu wave. This combination of coronavirus and flu waves would be a real problem, because the health system would then have to deal with two large-scale serious diseases.

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