EIn May of this year Carl Lauterback’s optimistic message: “Summer will be good,” he told MDR. It came at a time when German corona politicians were confirming their course. Although other countries have submitted initial plans, many restrictions are still in place in Germany. After all, the “alert” course worked in the winter. The second and third waves are milder in Germany than in other European countries.
But Germany, meanwhile, has lost its role as a model student. On Wednesday, the Robert Koch Institute registered 50,196 new infections. But Germany’s performance has deteriorated not only in terms of events, but also in terms of vaccination, mortality rates and testing. The country is now one of Europe’s problem children.
Exactly one year ago Germany was an island in Europe. Around, the events soared to dramatic heights. This was the only low level in the country. In Germany, an average of 224 new infections per million people were reported in seven days. In neighboring countries, this number was sometimes twice as high, if not three times higher. There are 660 new infections in Poland, 730 in the Czech Republic and 770 in Austria.
In Western Europe – Spain, Portugal and France – the numbers ranged from 400 to 600. Values that Germany did not reach the height of the second wave in December.
In the summer, the situation in Eastern Europe eased. In contrast, the fourth wave hit the Iberian Peninsula, France and Italy with full force. On July 19, 550 new infections in Spain rose to an average of seven days per million people. He was 16 years old in Germany at the time.
But then came the turning point. In the East, the numbers began to rise. Especially in the Baltic states, Bulgaria and Romania. Today Slovenia is the corona hotspot of Europe, with more than 1,500 new infections per million people, with Croatia and the Baltic states valued at more than 900.
But in Germany, too, the number has risen dramatically since October. There are currently 353 new infections per one million people in the country, and the situation is not one of those under control. These are Scandinavian countries with infection rates between 78 and 127, France (130), Portugal (108), Italy (97) and Spain (46).
Number of deaths
The number of epidemics in Europe is related to the number of deaths. Even here, a year ago Germany had a positive weekly average of only 1.8 deaths per day per million people. Many more died in all other European countries.
Today the value is slightly lower in Germany with 1.4 daily deaths. However, the country is now in a bad state. This is because people in western Germany and Scandinavia do not die of Govt-19 disease. Mortality rates range from 0.4 per day in Spain to 0.8 in Italy.
Apart from Germany, they are also found in large numbers in Eastern Europe. The worst affected countries are Bulgaria and Romania with an average of 22 deaths per million people per seven days and Latvia with 19. But Germany’s neighbors Poland and the Czech Republic have three and five, respectively.
The number of deaths is related to vaccination rates. But Germany cannot count itself as one of the most successful in this area. It’s not always like that. Following the failure of the vaccine campaign earlier in the year, Germany advanced in May.
Only the smaller states of Malta, Hungary and Finland were vaccinated fast. But Italy was the first major country in June, while Spain and Portugal sent the figures in early July. At the end of July, Germany also fell behind France.
Now looking at the quota of people vaccinated for the first time in Europe, there is once again an East-West division – Germany is on the wrong side again. 69 percent of citizens have been vaccinated. In the Baltic countries, Austria, Hungary and Greece the rate is only 60 to 70 percent.
But it may be even less: less than half the population in Slovakia and Croatia are vaccinated. In Bulgaria it is only 22 percent.
Statistics in Scandinavia indicate a completely different, where 71 to 78 percent have been vaccinated for the first time. It is 81 percent in Spain and 88 percent in Portugal.
During the tests, the situation in Germany was worse than in the previous year. Germany is ranked 22nd out of 26 EU countries. Its data are available. On average only 1.9 PCR tests are performed per 1000 people per day. Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands are the only bad test.
A year ago the value was in the middle of 2.3 trials and Germany European comparison.
So there is no area where Germany performs better compared to Europe before the second corona winter than last year. The country performed relatively well through the second and third waves – on the other hand, the starting position for the fourth wave is much worse.
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