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The office warns against quick interpretation – almost 30 percent of the corona deaths in Bavaria were vaccinated

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The deaths in connection with a corona infection are increasing again. In Bavaria, more vaccinated people are affected. This can be explained statistically. And an argument for a refresher, emphasize the experts.

The rapidly increasing number of corona deaths in Bavaria also includes a comparatively high proportion of those who have been completely vaccinated. According to data from the State Office for Health and Food (LGL), the rate in the four weeks from October 4 to 31 was just under 30 percent. 108 of the total of 372 fatalities had received both vaccinations, as the Erlangen authority announced. In the first week of November, the proportion was slightly lower at a good 26 percent – 23 of the 88 corona deaths were fully vaccinated.

In the past few weeks, the hospitals had also reported an increase in the number of fully vaccinated intensive care patients. The LGL emphasized, however, that the numbers should be interpreted with caution: Corona fatalities include anyone who was infected with the virus. But that does not mean that Corona is also necessarily the cause of death. The majority of corona deaths are 80 and older, and accordingly many also suffered from other diseases. However, according to the LGL, it is not possible to evaluate the deaths after previous illnesses.

In addition, a clear majority of people are vaccinated, especially among the elderly. In the intensive care units, however, the proportion of people who have not been vaccinated is still significantly higher. The numbers therefore rather underline the positive effect of vaccinations.

The LGL also pointed out that the elderly in particular had been vaccinated early in the year. This increases the risk of decreasing immunity. That makes booster vaccinations particularly important.

Very current figures on the proportion of fully vaccinated among the corona deaths in the second week of November were not yet available on Sunday. It is clear, however, that the number of deaths in Bavaria is rising just as quickly as the number of infections. According to the Corona portal of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, 309 deaths have been reported in the Free State in the past seven days, which is more than double compared to mid-October.

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