“The situation is dramatic”. With these words begins a letter, written by the Rottal-Inn district administrator, Michael Fahmüller, and addressed to the residents of the region, calling for cooperation against the pandemic. Rottal-Inn is in Lower Bavaria and currently has the highest 7-day incidence in all of Germany. At 1140.4, the value is also above all incidence values measured last year.
However, the administrator cannot say why there are so many new infections in his district. “We cannot say why at this time, because it is no longer possible to determine the causes and reasons for the infection – our contact follow-up service works late into the night every day to at least reach those affected and contact people from vulnerable groups, etc. – but even that is only possible in a limited way at this time with these values ”.
The district press spokesperson also expressed resignation. According to him, there are several small groups, which could explain why so many people get infected.
The vaccination rate at Rottal-Inn is 53%; nationwide it currently stands at around 67.3%. The district administration office has no answer as to why so many people don’t want to get vaccinated. Citizens in rural areas may think they are too safe.
In comments to the administrator’s brief, which was also posted on Facebook, some criticized the district’s policy on the Corona pandemic thus far. Apparently, in Eggenfelden a Christmas market has been opened for a week, other users complained about the lack of test or that they should not be quarantined as a vaccinated contact.
Fahmüller urgently warned of the need not to overload hospitals: staff throughout Bavaria are already at the limit of their capacity. “The staff is exhausted, tired and frustrated. I have never experienced a situation like this,” laments the administrator.
With this new state of emergency, Bavaria intends to help implement containment measures more quickly. What’s more, the Bundeswehr (the armed forces) will assist the authorities in the especially affected districts. At Rottal-Inn, for example, soldiers must support the district administration in establishing contacts.
A week ago, the district had tightened regulations in view of the occupation of at least 80% of intensive care beds in hospitals.
Fahmüller asked unvaccinated people to “do an examination of conscience” and think about vaccination. Yes, there are advances in vaccination, he said, but “the number of infections in unvaccinated people is still significantly higher than in vaccinated people, and in particular severe courses of the disease are found in around 90% of non-vaccinated people. vaccinated “.