The number of new corona infections registered in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has hardly changed for a good four weeks. However, experts expect a drastic increase again in the autumn. The country wants to arm itself for this.
Schwerin (dpa / mv) - Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is preparing for a possible sharp increase in corona infections in autumn. It is the aim of the state government to create a practicable and transparent framework for action that can be used to react to mass infections at an early stage. This was announced by the Ministry of Health in Schwerin on Tuesday after another meeting of the Corona Expert Council appointed by Department Head Stefanie Drese (SPD). In the future, too, the top priority will be to avoid overloading the healthcare system and to effectively protect critical infrastructure and groups of people who are particularly at risk.
The panel of experts consists of eleven permanent members, including medical professors Nils-Olaf Hübner, Lars Kaderali and Emil Reisinger, as well as representatives from associations, authorities, clinics and municipalities. Additional experts are called in for the consultations. After a third and final meeting of the expert council in August, a so-called autumn-winter plan is to be presented to the state cabinet. This would also take into account the expected decisions at the federal level. A more precise recording of the actual pandemic events is also being sought, it said.
Drese had demanded clear rules from the federal government for state intervention in a critical pandemic situation. The amended Infection Protection Act must give the federal states more options in the fall to react to higher numbers of corona infections. The Corona provisions in the Infection Protection Act expire on September 23. In Dreses' opinion, for example, the previous hotspot regulations have proven to be unsuitable.
Due to numerous inquiries about first-time or repeated corona infections, the state capital of Schwerin is the first large city in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to put its corona hotline, which was discontinued in April, back into operation. The hotline is occupied by two employees Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a city hall spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Outside of these times, general questions about the infection would be answered by a recorded message on the telephone number. In Rostock there is no need to reactivate the hotline, said a city spokesman there.
The confirmed cases of infection with the corona virus reported by the State Office for Health and Social Affairs (Lagus) in Rostock for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have recently fallen. The seven-day incidence of new infections was 472 at the start of the week - down from 573.3 a week earlier. However, the infection process is not shown in its entirety. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics, and fewer tests will be carried out for everyone after the end of the free citizen tests. The seven-day incidence of Covid-19 hospitalizations was 5.7 in the Northeast on Tuesday - down from 6.0 a week ago.