German Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach, head of the Institute Robert Koch (RKI) Lothar Wieler and the virologist from the Charite clinic Christian Drosten warned during a press conference in Berlin on Friday about the Omikron coronavirus variant, which could completely replace the Delta variant in Germany within a few days.
Wieler assessed that “the omicron wave continues to pile up, and it is doing so with a flourish we have not seen before in this pandemic.” Omikron is currently responsible for over 70 percent. new infections in Germany. “We expect it to completely oust Delta in the next few days,” added the head of the RKI.
Currently, there are almost 800,000. active cases, or about 1 percent of the population. “And these are just the cases we know about from the reporting system,” Wieler emphasized.
Virologist Drosten, working at the Charite clinic in Berlin, sees the weeks of rising omicron wave as “a very difficult time in communication” because many things are misunderstood. The omicron is milder, but there are “far too many cases,” stressed Drosten.
According to federal health minister Lauterbach, restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic are slowing the rise in cases of infections with the Omikron variant. Germany does not have such a short time of double infection as other countries, said the minister.
According to Lauterbach, a few weeks ago the doubling period was still around 4.5 days, but is now headed towards 6.5 days. Anti-epidemic measures reduced the number of contacts in Germany to about 50 percent. pre-pandemic levels, but the growing number of omicron cases is “inevitable,” added the head of the health ministry.