The first relocations of corona intensive care patients to northern Germany could start today. A total of ten patients from Thuringia are currently intended for this according to the “clover leaf system”, said the Ministry of the Interior of Saxony-Anhalt, which is responsible for the corresponding coordination. The specific point in time is currently being planned and coordinated. The sick would be relocated to the northern clover, probably to Lower Saxony, the spokeswoman said. According to a report in the “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung”, the Siloah Clinic in Hanover wants to admit three patients.
The cloverleaf system was introduced against the background of the first Corona wave in 2020. The idea: In order to avoid excessive demands in individual hospitals, it should be possible to easily move patients within a clover leaf, to which neighboring federal states still belong. If that is no longer possible, nationwide relocations should be possible. According to the ministry, Saxony has already registered a need for relocation of around two dozen patients.
Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Berlin are organized in the Kleeblatt Ost. Together with Bavaria, which forms the clover leaf south, they activated the clover leaf system on Tuesday. This enables patient transfers to be carried out nationwide. The federal government, federal states and experts from the Robert Koch Institute then coordinate which federal state still has capacities, which hospital the patients should ideally go to and which transport options are available.
In Germany, more than 100,000 people have died with or from Covid-19. The Robert Koch Institute gave the number in the morning as 100,119. The number of new corona infections transmitted within one day exceeded the threshold of 70,000 for the first time. According to the RKI, the health authorities reported 75,961 cases in 24 hours. Exactly one week ago there were 65,371 new infections recorded. The seven-day incidence was 419.7 – also a high since the beginning of the pandemic. For comparison: the previous day the value was 404.5, a week ago it was 336.9. Across Germany, 351 deaths were recorded within 24 hours (previous week: 264).
The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was given by the RKI on Wednesday as 5.74 (Tuesday: 5.60). The value plays an essential role in assessing the occurrence of the infection. If limit values 3, 6 and 9 are exceeded in the federal states, stricter measures to combat the pandemic can be imposed there.
From today on, only vaccinated and convalescent people with a negative corona test have access to many leisure areas in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. These so-called 2G-Plus rules take effect because the relevant seven-day hospitalization incidence nationwide was yesterday above the threshold value of 6.0, as the State Office for Health and Social Affairs announced. The number indicates how many people per 100,000 population have been hospitalized with Covid-19 in the last seven days. From today, the 2G Plus rule applies nationwide for access to restaurants, hotels, swimming pools, cinemas and theaters, for example. The same applies to visits to cosmetic or tattoo studios. 2G Plus also applies to adult sports in the amateur area for spectators and athletes and in the professional area for spectators. Dance events in clubs and discos are prohibited.
The federal and state governments want to advise on the procedure for patient transfers due to the critical corona situation in Germany. For this purpose, a special video conference of the health ministers is scheduled today, as the German press agency learned from government circles yesterday. At the urging of the Executive Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), among other things, advice should be given on the status of relocations and capacities according to the so-called cloverleaf concept.
The concept adopted in 2020 envisages that the installation will initially be carried out within five regions – west, north, east, south, and south-west. If there are no longer any vacancies in one of these regions, the relocation to other areas will be organized in exchange with the joint reporting and situation center of the federal and state governments at the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief. The Federal Office and the Federal Ministries of the Interior and Defense were also invited to the special meeting of the health ministers.
3G has been in effect at work as well as on buses and trains since Wednesday. The controls are a challenge for test stations as well as for employers and transport companies. Unvaccinated people now start pondering.