The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) warned this Saturday after Easter a spike can cause infections of covid-19 in Germany more severe than occurred at Christmas due to the spread of the British variant of the virus , which now accounts for about 50% of infections.
Thus, the RKI has indicated that the level of 30,000 daily infections could be exceeded. “The extrapolation of the trend shows that the number of cases will exceed the Christmas level from week 14,” said the agency, an official reference on the coronavirus in Germany.
The 14th week begins on Easter Monday and on December 24 the RKI reported 32,195 new infections. The peak was reached at the end of the month with almost 50,000 new cases daily.
The institute recalls that the number of weekly cases “has grown steadily and has doubled approximately every twelve weeks from mid-January to March.” Therefore, “a significant increase” is expected in the coming weeks.
Impact of the British strain
The RKI has warned that the British variant “probably causes more severe disease than other variants,” although “there is no evidence so far that the approved vaccines are substantially less effective.”
This Saturday’s bulletin includes 239 deaths from coronavirus during the last day, one day after exceeding the threshold of 73,000 deaths . In addition, the RKI has confirmed 12,674 infections, bringing the total to 2,558,445 confirmed cases and 73,301 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Likewise, it has pointed out that the accumulated incidence rate during the last seven days is 76.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with a total of 63,625 infections detected during the last week and about 132,600 active cases. After several weeks of decline , this indicator has risen again in recent days.
On the other hand, it has estimated the total of people recovered to date from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at about 2,352,600, including about 7,000 during the last 24 hours.
The German government approved at the beginning of the month an extension until March 28 of the confinement in the country in order to face the coronavirus, although the authorities have agreed on a strategy of progressive opening.
On the other hand, thousands of opponents of the measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic have returned to the streets of the country this Saturday, starting with those of Dresden, where hundreds of supporters of the so-called Querdenken (Lateral Thinking) movement, made up of deniers. Covid-19 activists, right – wing activists and anti- vaccine activists , took to the streets despite the ban on the demonstration issued by a state court.
“We have been active since the early hours of the morning to enforce the ban,” explained a police spokesman in reference to the protest. Many of the participants did not wear a mask, which is currently mandatory to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Protesters, meanwhile, chanted slogans that included “The pandemic is over.”
About 1,000 protesters gathered in front of the Ministry of Health in Berlin. According to the Police, 50 people have been detained by the Capital Police.
There have also been protests in the city of Stuttgart, where hundreds of people gathered under the slogan “Enough is enough.” Their number was well above the 750 participants originally registered, according to a spokesperson, who added that between 80 and 90 percent of the protesters did not wear a mask or maintain a safe distance.
Also on Saturday, the Police broke up a demonstration against the coronavirus containment measures with several thousand participants near the Bavarian State Parliament in Munich. The demonstration was canceled by the police due to non-compliance with the conditions “, according to a spokesman. There are also records of marches in Hanover and Magdeburg.