With the rapid spread of the omicron variant in Germany, a new record for coronavirus infections has been set. The number of new cases of infection in one day exceeded 80,000 for the first time. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German health authorities reported 80,430 cases within 24 hours. Just under 59,000 infections were recorded a week ago.
The new coronavirus variant is believed to be more contagious than the delta variant. Experts believe that complete vaccination has less protection against omicron infection than the earlier variants. However, the vaccine protects against severe disease. A booster vaccination is also recommended. At the same time, experts assume that the omicron causes a milder course of the disease.
Coronavirus in Germany. Different levels in the Länder
According to the RKI data, the seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants is now 407.5 in Germany. However, it reached the highest level so far at the end of November (452.4).
The incidence rate varies greatly between federal states. While in Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt it is below 300, in Hamburg it is 568.9, in Berlin 856.4 and in Bremen 1296.8.
The wave of omicron infections is not yet visible in intensive care units. The number of COVID-19 patients in NICUs has been dropping steadily since mid-December. Recently, to just under 3,200. At the height of the Second Wave, there were over 5,700 patients in German intensive care units. However, experts expect that the burden on clinics will increase as the number of infections increases.
Forecast: Omikron will touch everyone
As the American immunologist Anthony Fauci predicts, sooner or later the omicron will affect almost everyone. Even vaccinated people will become infected, although most of them will not be very infected.
The World Health Organization (WHO), citing the forecasts, warns that in two months more than half of people in Europe may be infected with the omicron. This variant is like a wave sweeping across the European region from west to east and joins the rise in infection with the delta variant experienced by European countries in late 2021.
According to the new data, 384 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the German RKI institute has counted 7,661,811 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, it is suspected that the number is actually even higher due to undetected cases. 114,735 people have already died in Germany in connection with the coronavirus.
(DPA / home)
The article comes from the Deutsche Welle website