Berlin, April 4 According to the data released by the German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) on the 4th, as of noon on the same day, the number of severe COVID-19 patients in Germany was 4,051, the highest since February this year. Experts from the association warned that if the epidemic continues the current development, the German health care system may be overloaded in less than four weeks.
German disease control agencies announced on the 4th that there were 12,196 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 68 deaths, respectively. According to the real-time data of Germany’s Time Online, as of 21:50 local time on the 4th, Germany has confirmed a total of 2,89,618 people, cured 2,59,309, and 77,687 deaths. As of that day, Germany had received 1,4374,088 doses of vaccine, and a total of 4,334,150 people had received the second dose.
The epidemic situation report released by the German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in cooperation with German disease control agencies on the same day gave the above figures. Critically ill persons are those with COVID-19 who need to be admitted to an intensive care unit for treatment.
Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the highest number of severe patients with COVID-19 in Germany occurred in early January this year, when it once exceeded 5,500. Since then, this number has declined significantly, and by the beginning of March, it has dropped to less than 3,000 people. However, with the emergence of the third wave of the epidemic in Germany, the number of new confirmed cases per day and the total number of severe patients have recently surged again.
Because of the time difference between infection with the novel coronavirus and symptoms, and then to severe disease, experts believe that this reflects that the situation in Germany has become very serious. Medical experts and scientists in the country have called for more thorough “lockdown” measures to reduce the number of new confirmed cases and the pressure on hospitals.
Christian Karayanidis, head of the ICU statistical system of the German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, warned in German media on the same day that if the epidemic continues the current development, the conventional carrying capacity of the German medical system will reach its limit in less than four weeks.