Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn yesterday made a positive assessment of the fight against coronavirus in Germany. “The outbreak is now under control again,” Spahn said at a news conference with the president of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler. The “total slowdown” by which the governments of Berlin and the 16 federal states bet has been a success, added Spahn, who stressed that since April 12 the number of people healed daily exceeds that of new infected.
“We have managed to suppress dynamic growth to linear growth”, he added, to then highlight that the German health system has never been saturated since the pandemic began and has always had vacant vacancies in intensive care units equipped with respirators. Spahn praised the country’s “excellent clinics” and the achievement of increasing the number of intensive care beds to 40,000.
The good development of events makes it pointless to keep 10,000 of these beds permanently free for hospital emergencies and the minister said that medical centers will recover normality step by step from May to be able to start carrying out all interventions surgical procedures that have been delayed by the epidemic. Initially, however, between 25% and 30% of intensive care beds will be reserved for patients infected with the Covid-19 virus..
Spahn indicated that Germany has so far carried out some 1.7 million tests to detect the disease and that the current capacity is about 350,000 weekly tests that theoretically can even be doubled. After commenting that the important thing is to do tests in a targeted way, he commented that doing extensive analyzes makes little sense and it is better to focus on tests in hospitals and residences.
Protection of risk groups
As reported by the minister, Some 50 German companies have started the production of masks at the request of the Ministry of Economy and in August they will reach a production of 10 million weekly of professional masks of the FFP2 type, which will cover the needs of the health system.
In turn, the president of the RKI described as “really good” the partial balance of the fight in Germany against the coronavirus. The rate of reproduction of the virus is currently 0.7, that is, each infected person already infects less than one person on average, said Wieler, who spoke of successes in the fight against the coronavirus in which he refers to the interruption of chains of infection, protection of risk groups and strengthening of the health system. He also pointed out that only 16% of those infected need hospital care, while only 9% of the tests that have been performed so far have tested positive.
The total infected in Germany until yesterday stands at 138,000, and the deceased exceed 4,000, according to data from the American Johns Hopkins University. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was in favor of coordinating the lifting of global restrictions on travel and the international movement of people. “I wish that at least in the European Union we agree to act in a coordinated way,” said Maas.