Values well over 500 – extremely high corona incidence in children in eight districts.
For some time now, a particularly high number of infections have been found in school children. Now the situation has calmed down overall, but in some regions the numbers are still exploding, as the RKI reports.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) registers a particularly high number of corona infections among children and adolescents in individual regions of Germany. In eight districts, the seven-day incidence is currently more than 500 among 10 to 19-year-olds, the RKI tweeted on Thursday evening for an evaluation in the new Corona weekly report. More detailed information on the districts and their respective numbers were not given, but on a map, the districts were colored accordingly.
Three of the districts are therefore in Bavaria, four in Thuringia and one in Brandenburg.
Nationwide, the seven-day incidence last week in the age groups under 20 years, however, decreased slightly compared to the week before, it was said in summary. In contrast, the values for people over 20 rose slightly. The RKI also spoke of 636 school breakouts transmitted for the past four weeks – due to possible late registrations, however, the past two weeks in particular cannot yet be assessed.
For some time now, numerous corona infections have been found, especially in children from school age and in adolescents. The virus is tested regularly at daycare centers and schools. The Covid-19 vaccines have so far been approved for ages 12 and up.
The vaccination rate for 12 to 17 year olds is much lower than for adults. Children and adolescents are significantly less likely to get seriously ill with Covid-19 than older people, but there are still unanswered questions about long-term consequences.
On Twitter, users reacted in part with shock and indignation. In Baden-Württemberg, the mask requirement in schools will fall from Monday, wrote one user. “Incredible and irresponsible!” For a year and a half, the children kept their feet still and endured all the hardships – now they are partially contaminated, commented another user. “Real satire.”
Others pointed out that the high incidence could be due to increased testing in schools and that the courses in children are often milder than in adults.