Germany’s seven-day Covid-19 incidence rate continued to rise to a new all-time high of 213.7 cases per 1,00,000 inhabitants, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases has said.
On Monday, the incidence rate was already at a record high of 201.1. The previous peak — just below 200 — was registered during the second Covid-19 wave in December last year.
According to the German Intensive Care Availability Register (DIVI), the number of Covid-19 patients requiring treatment in intensive care units (ICUs) also kept climbing and reached 2,687 on Tuesday.
In the capital Berlin, the Charite University Hospital started to cancel all scheduled procedures. The rising number of Covid-19 patients made this step necessary, a spokesperson said.
Although Germany is far from achieving herd immunity, its vaccination campaign has slowed down. As of Monday, around 55.9 million people had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, bringing the country’s vaccination rate to 67.2 percent, according to the RKI.