For the first time since September 2020, the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has not recorded a single death due to COVID-19. However, it should be added at once that the institute did not receive data from all 16 states on Sunday. So it cannot yet be ruled out that there were fatalities from the coronavirus, but we will find out about this fact with a delay.
The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units is falling sharply
Either way, even though almost all restrictions have been lifted since April 2, the pandemic situation is clearly improving.
The number of coronavirus deaths has dropped significantly and permanently below 200. As recently as April 10, the 7-day average number of deaths was 241; it is now at 182.
The number of people admitted to the intensive care unit due to COVID-19 has been falling sharply for five weeks. While as recently as the end of March there were 2,332 patients with coronavirus in intensive care units, that number has now dropped to 1,317, and the trend continues to be downward.
Few infected patients experience severe COVID-19 disease
The proportion of COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization has also declined since late March (from 13.6 hospital referrals per 100,000 population to 5.1 currently).
Also in GP practices, the proportion of coronavirus-infected people with severe symptoms of illness is increasingly decreasing. “GP practices are still treating many patients infected with coronavirus, but fortunately we only see severe disease in isolated cases,” – Ulrich Weigeldt, president of the association of family doctors, told the BILD portal.
Returning to normal
The pandemic situation in Germany is developing so successfully that the federal states are increasingly abandoning the last restrictions still in place.
In many places it is no longer mandatory to wear masks (except on public transport), there is virtually no traffic at vaccination centres and there are no longer queues at COVID-19 collection points.
In Lower Saxony, as of Monday, a negative coronavirus test is no longer required in schools and day-care centers. The same is now expected to happen in Brandenburg.
Hamburg has already dropped its hotspot regulations over the weekend and lifted the requirement to wear masks in stores and public facilities.
In many states, people infected with the coronavirus already have to remain in isolation for only five days. This is the case in Bavaria, for example, and more recently in Thuringia.