Shortly before summer vacation: Delta variant is on the rise – holiday country is experiencing new corona drama

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Summer, sun, but still worries about corona: Although the incidence values ​​are falling further and further across Germany, the fear of the delta variant is increasing. Many virologists expect the corona situation to worsen again. Our news ticker always has the latest information, figures and news about the pandemic.

This is the status as of June 30, 2021:

Update from June 30th: Delta variant on the advance, new corona drama in Portugal, government lifts travel warning for risk areas

  • More and more coronavirus cases in Germany are due to the more contagious Delta variant. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) writes in its virus variant report from Wednesday evening of a “slight increase in the delta number of cases” – from 410 detected cases in the week from May 31 to June 6 to 724 in the week from May 14 to 20 June. However, only some of the positive corona samples are examined for variants. Their share increases much faster than the absolute numbers of the delta variant. According to the latest available data from the last week mentioned, the proportion of the variant discovered in India in a sample was around 37 percent, according to the report. In view of the doubling of the weekly rate observed since the end of May, it can be expected that the mutant will “make up at least half of all new infections” this weeksays the report. Overall, the seven-day incidence in Germany is falling. However, experts fear a trend reversal with increasing delta distribution. The development to date is primarily related to the massive decline in cases due to the most recently prevalent variant alpha: for them, the RKI reports a decrease in the estimated seven-day incidence from 76 to around 5 over a period of six weeks. The incidence of delta increased in the last three weeks observed: from 2.0 to 3.2.
  • For hardly any other country, the pandemic means such a roller coaster ride as it does for Portugal. If you thought you had escaped the worst a short time ago, the situation is currently worsening again drastically. Guilt is a mutant that affects Lisbon above all. The Robert Koch Institute had classified the country as a virus variant area – and so a number of German tourists were already making their return journey in a hurry. As the hotels empty, the hospitals keep getting full. The number of patients with Covid-19 rose again by 30 to 477 on Sunday. 116 of them were in the intensive care unit. These values ​​were last so high in mid-April. According to the EU health authority ECDC, Portugal has the highest value of all 30 countries recorded with a 14-day incidence of a good 124 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. For comparison: Germany is at 25. The situation in the greater Lisbon area is particularly worrying, where around two thirds of all nationwide infections have been recorded for weeks – although only about 27 percent of the 10.3 million citizens of Portugal live there. The particularly contagious Delta variant already accounts for more than 70 percent of all new cases in Lisbon, and the trend is rising sharply. Several German tour operators have now canceled their tours in the country for several weeks. At TUI Germany this applies to bookings with a planned arrival up to and including July 31st. DER Touristik canceled its trips to Portugal until July 13th.
  • After more than a year of the corona pandemic, the federal government is no longer advising against tourist trips abroad as of Thursday (July 1). The travel warning for the more than 80 countries classified as corona risk areas in whole or in part will also be lifted. This includes all of Turkey as well as holiday areas in Spain and Croatia. The move is explosive because of the rapid spread of the delta variant. According to a recent poll, it is rejected by the population. The responsible foreign minister, Heiko Maas, defends him. “The time of blanket assessments must be over,” said the SPD politician on Tuesday. “Where there are positive developments, there is no reason to maintain restrictions.” From Thursday there will be three categories of countries in the travel advice of the Federal Foreign Office: From Thursday, 40 countries are still affected by a travel warning. It is only valid from an incidence of 200 (high incidence areas) and for areas in which dangerous virus variants have spread widely (virus variant areas). The following rule applies to 26 EU countries except Germany, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland: Insofar as they are no longer classified as a risk area, the travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office only “requests special caution”. That affects 26 countries. Exceptions are individual regions in Spain, Ireland, Croatia and Sweden. Between these two categories there are well over 100 other countries outside the EU that are either risk areas or are considered “risk free”. If there are entry restrictions or quarantine obligations after entry, the Federal Foreign Office advises against traveling there. Insofar as all entry obstacles have been lifted in one of these so-called third countries, only the advice of special caution applies.
  • So far this summer, travelers from abroad have only made up a very small proportion of all new corona infections recorded. For example, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) last reported 1036 cases within four weeks in which a probable infection abroad is assumed, as can be seen in the RKI status report from Tuesday evening (June 29). That is about two percent of all reported cases. “This shows that travel-related cases play a subordinate role in the current infection process,” writes the RKI. However, in 42 percent of all cases there was no information on the likely country of infection. In its report, the RKI does not provide any information on the countries from which infected people entered, nor does the report differentiate between variants. In the virus variant report last Wednesday (23 June), the RKI wrote that the most frequently mentioned countries were related to the spreading delta variant IntroductionsAfghanistan (19 cases), Russia (16) and Italy (14) be.
  • The nationwide The seven-day incidence of corona infections has again decreased slightly and is now 5.2. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced this on Wednesday morning, citing information from the health authorities. The previous day the incidence was 5.4, a week ago it was 7.2. According to the latest information from the RKI, 808 new infections with the coronavirus and 56 further deaths were registered within one day. A week ago, 1016 new infections and 51 deaths were recorded. The seven-day incidence, which has fallen sharply in the past few weeks, is a key benchmark for tightening or relaxing corona requirements. It indicates the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within this period. According to the latest RKI information, the total number of corona cases recorded in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic is 3,728,141. The total number of registered deaths rose to 90,875. The RKI put the number of those recovered from Covid 19 disease at around 3,624,200.

Update from June 29th: Nationwide incidence continued to decline

  • In the case of corona infections, this is nationwide seven-day incidenceagain decreased slightly and is now at 5.4. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced this on Tuesday morning (January 29), citing information from the health authorities. The previous day the incidence was 5.6, a week ago it was 8.0. According to the latest information from the RKI, within a day 404 new infections with the corona virus and 57 other deaths registered. A week ago, 455 new infections and 77 deaths were recorded. The seven-day incidence, which has fallen sharply in the past few weeks, is a key benchmark for tightening or relaxing corona requirements. It indicates the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within this period. The number of new infections is usually lower on the weekend and on Monday than the weekly average, because fewer tests are carried out on the weekends and fewer test results are transmitted. (dpa / afp)

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