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University Hospital says the danger is not over: Incidence rate in Bonn continues to go down

University Hospital says the danger is not over : Incidence rate in Bonn continues to go down

The incidence rate continues to decrease in Bonn, which may be seen as a glimmer of hope for some. But it will take some time until experts know which factors have contributed most to the lower incidence rate.

Is this a first glimmer of hope? The incidence rate in Bonn has fallen again somewhat. According to the city of Bonn, it is now 106.1, while in other cities and districts it is still more than 200. In Bonn, it had reached a peak of 244.55 on December 20.

According to the health department, the lower incidence rate may be related to several factors - the tighter lockdown, less in-classroom instruction at schools before Christmas, or because of fewer tests over the Christmas holidays, when doctors' offices were closed. A more accurate assessment will only be possible after a longer period of time, explains city spokeswoman Monika Hörig. When school started up again on January 11, most students were doing distance learning. In response to a GA inquiry, the city said: Of the 17,030 students from grades 1 to 6, as well as those in special-education schools,1,804 children are receiving care and supervision in school. This is just under six percent of the total number of students at all regular and special-ed schools in Bonn (30,784), according to the city.

According to Professor Christian Putensen, head of the Department of Anesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital in Bonn, around 50 to 70 Covid-19 patients were being treated at any given time throughout December and up to now in January. Of that number, 15 to 25 of them were in an intensive care unit.

Currently, the university hospital has 50 patients with Covid-19, 15 of them are in the intensive care unit. Seven of these ICU patients are on ventilators. Putensen: "Overall, the situation in the normal wards as well as the intensive care units remains largely unchanged.”

101 people have died in Bonn in connection with Covid-19 since the pandemic began, according to the city of Bonn. The last two deaths were a 90-year-old and a 98-year-old. City leaders made an urgent appeal to all staff of nursing homes and retirement homes to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

(Orig. text: lis / Translation: ck)