The fourth Corona wave is clearly picking up speed in these autumn days, while Germany is largely treading water when it comes to vaccinations. At the weekend, the nationwide seven-day incidence rate for the New infections back into triple digits for the first time since May. Then on Monday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a renewed increase of 110 new infections per 100.000 inhabitants within one week. The trend in contagions is clearly upward. 6573 new infections were registered on Monday.
Almost all age groups are affected. But what is particularly worrying is that there is also a renewed increase in contagions among the elderly and the very old. According to the RKI, the incidence among people over 90 years of age recently rose again to 64, and among 85- to 89-year-olds to 46. By comparison, the figure in mid-June was 1. Many people of this age, as well as many people with severe pre-existing conditions and immune deficiencies, belong to the Corona high-risk group and were therefore the first to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to be vaccinated.
Boosters running sluggishly in Germany
But the administration of the second dose is in many cases already more than half a year ago. Thus the protective effect of the Vakzins against severe courses of the disease. A third booster vaccine dose before the critical winter months is indicated in many cases to prevent vaccine breakthroughs and disease.