The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported on Friday that the state’s incidence rate has nearly tripled to 818. According to the RKI, the incidence rate at the federal level has doubled to 577.5 over the same period, according to Xinhua news agency.
The festival “has had an influence,” according to Bavaria’s Health Minister Klaus Holetschek, even though a link cannot be confirmed scientifically due to a lack of data. Holetschek made this statement last week.
After a two-year break brought on by the Covid-19 epidemic, millions of festival-goers from all around the world gathered in Bavaria for the largest Volksfest yet, which featured beer, veal sausages, and folk music.
The event brought in over 5.7 million attendees this year, which is 600,000 fewer than in 2019. After the festival finished on Monday, Oktoberfest director Clemens Baumgaertner stated, “Despite all the terrible news, people want their freedom and fun back.
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The Covid-19 autumn wave is presently affecting Germany, just like the rest of Europe. Neighbouring Austria is the first nation in Europe to have an incidence rate that exceeds 1,000 and is reporting unusually high infection rates. The worst impacted areas are those in Austria which borders Bavaria.
Karl Lauterbach, Germany’s Federal Health Minister, thinks that the festival-related rise in illnesses could have been avoided. He added that states shouldn’t wait too long before making face masks required indoors once more, saying that this wouldn’t have been necessary if self-testing had been done before admittance.