The Corona situation in Cologne is nearing its peak, with the infection rate for seven days reaching a new annual level. The situation in city hospitals and clinics has become increasingly critical.
This is the current state of Corona in Cathedral City
Cologne hospitals and clinics are facing a critical situation in their intensive care units. As the city announced, the number of patients in intensive care units increased further and reached 113. This is the new high in the epidemic. The maximum value in the second corona wave was 112.
“In the meantime, intensive care capacity has been so exhausted that intensive care in the Cologne area has reached its borders and there is a risk of shortages,” said Alex Lechleuthner, head of the Cologne Rescue Service. , Quoted in the message. “In order to guarantee medical care, intensive care patients had to be redeployed within Cologne hospitals.”
On Monday morning, the Robert Koch Institute announced the incidence value for Cologne was 149.9, the highest value so far for this year. In addition to the continuing strong spread of the British B.1.1.7 boom, the sudden increase is also due to the fact that fewer people visited the doctor and took the test themselves during Easter days.
In addition, 328 new cases of corona were recorded. This brings the total to 41,747. No other deaths related to the Coronavirus have been reported.
The Robert Koch Institute shows an incidence of 128.1 in Cologne Sunday morning for seven days. Thus, it is again less than the previous day’s value (131).
232 new cases were reported to the RKI, and a total of 41,365 cases have been recorded in Cologne since the census began. There were two more deaths, bringing the total to 596.
Due to the special delivery of the Astranzeneca vaccine, an additional 5,000 vaccination appointments can be made for Cologne residents over the age of 60 in the next week. Appointments can be made through the Statutory Health Insurance Physicians Association (https://termin.corona-impfung.nrw/home Or 0800/116 117 01).
On Saturday morning, the Robert Koch Institute reported 131 cases in Cologne. This means that the value decreased slightly compared to the previous day. With 254 new infections, the total number of Corona cases registered since the beginning of the epidemic increased to 41,133. Three more people died due to or because of the virus, bringing the number of deaths to 594.
Friday April 9: City withdraws facilitation – appeal to state government
The infection rate in Cologne spiked again on Friday, and the situation in the ICUs was dramatic – so the city’s crisis team decided to pull further relief. Starting Monday April 12, the museums and zoo will be closed again. In addition, a ban on consumption and alcohol will be imposed starting Saturday wherever a mask is required in public places. Additionally, there will also be a ban on staying around the historic Town Hall and Spanish Building from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a Saturday.
But the city is pushing for more action – but it is not in their hands. Andrea Blume, the current head of the crisis management team, said the city’s options for action were “almost exhausted”. Therefore, North Rhine-Westphalia called for more measures, that is, “the very short term”. Cologne clinics already receive patients from other regions and cities, and the situation is not only dangerous in Cologne. “Therefore, there is an urgent need to act nationwide. Time is of the essence.”
And Mayor Henriette Reeker once again called on the citizens of the city to adhere to the restrictions. “We cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening in the intensive care units,” she said. The city will do its utmost to protect the health system from overload.
Cologne has become a model municipality in Northwest Wales
Cologne has become a model municipality for Coronavirus relief in North Rhine-Westphalia. This was announced by New South Wales Secretary of Economic Affairs Andreas Pinkwart at a press conference on Friday.
The cathedral city belongs to the second group of municipalities in which the cautious coronavirus relief can begin as of April 26. Some municipalities are allowed to relax Corona rules again from April 19. The condition, says Pinkwart, is that the incidence of seven days at the start of the project is less than 100. In Cologne, projects are being planned mainly in the field of culture and sports. According to the minister, it remains to be clarified with the city how this will reach its climax.
The choice was largely determined by the ‘Digital Skills for Municipalities’. 26 provinces and 20 cities have been implemented. The federal and state governments decided on the Model Zones project at a nationwide conference of ministers in March.
Originally, projects were to start in North Rhine-Westphalia after Easter. The state government said that the reason for the delay is the precautionary measures related to the epidemic. The number of new cases of corona is also increasing again in the state of New South Wales.
The infection rate in Cologne rises to 135.2
On Friday, the Robert Koch Institute in Cologne reported an incidence of 135.2. The value was slightly higher than the previous day’s value (133). 284 new coronavirus cases were found (total number 40,879). Another death was reported (591 total).
The infection rate at the NRW level continues to rise
The rate of new corona infection in North Rhine-Westphalia prices rose again on Friday after several days of declining values. The RKI index showed 108.6 new infections weekly per 100,000 population within seven days. On Thursday it was assigned a value of 106.9, on Wednesday the infection rate was 110.5. Values were particularly high with 194.9 in Remscheid and in Märkischer Kreis with 186.5.
As for Friday, too, RKI emphasized that when interpreting the numbers, it should be noted that fewer samples were taken around Easter and thus fewer reports were sent to the health authorities.
Thursday, April 8: Will Cologne become a model municipality? Postponement of the decision
The Corona Relief Model Municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia must be announced on Friday only. The state chancellery said Economy Minister Andreas Pinkwart (FDP) would report on additional projects and measures on Friday morning.
Originally, the awarded municipalities were supposed to be announced on Thursday. The reasons for the delay were not mentioned at the beginning.
26 regions and 20 cities were presented, and between six and eight were selected. The federal and state governments decided on the Model Zones project at a nationwide conference of ministers in March.
The infection in Cologne continued to decline
The Robert Koch Institute reported 133.0 cases for seven days in Cologne Thursday morning. This is again lower than the previous day’s value (136.5). Tuesday it was 143.9, the highest level.
215 new cases were reported to the RKI, and a total of 40,595 cases have been registered in Cologne since the count began. There were two more deaths, bringing the total to 590.
RKI notes that the Easter holiday should be taken into account when interpreting the numbers. Usually fewer tests are done and examined during the holidays. Additionally, there may be a delay in transmitting data by authorities to RKI.
Wednesday April 7: The infection rate drops again
On Wednesday morning, the Robert Koch Institute announced a slight decrease in the infection value for Cologne, at 136.5. – 148 new cases of Corona were added, bringing the total number to 40,380. Two more people also died from or due to Covid-19.
Tuesday, April 6: Expansion of the Vaccination Center
The Corona Crisis Team in Cologne decided today to expand the Cologne vaccination center with a fourth vaccination line that includes 20 vaccination places and 10 to 30 registration counters. As of the end of this week, approximately 7,000 citizens can then be vaccinated daily, provided adequate vaccination is available. So far, according to the city, the normal capacity is 5,000 vaccines per day.
Hit value exceeded 140
On Tuesday morning, the Robert Koch Institute announced the incidence value for cologne was at 143.9, the highest value so far for this year. In addition, 224 new cases of corona were recorded. This brings the total to 40,232. Three more people have died from or due to Covid-19. The number of deaths rose to 586.
Monday, April 5: Incidence rate is just under 140
The Robert Koch Institute for Cologne reported an incidence value of 139.3 for Easter Monday, roughly identical to the previous day’s value (139.4). 399 new cases of corona were added, bringing the total number to 40008. No other deaths related to the Coronavirus have been reported.
Disclaimer: Since new infections are also reported to RKI with a certain delay, the number of cases and the resulting injury value are usually very low. Often values are based on incomplete data. Consequently, the currently reported RKI daily values represent a potential illusory snapshot and should not be used as a basis for decision-making for further actions in the pandemic without considering other factors.