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Berlin (dpa) – The virus variant Omicron is driving the corona numbers in Germany steeply upwards. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the seven-day incidence again reached a high on Saturday morning. The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week rose to 497.1. For comparison: the day before the incidence was 470.6, a week ago it was 335.9. The health authorities reported 78,022 new infections to the RKI within one day. A week ago it was 55,889. Across Germany, 235 deaths were recorded within 24 hours. According to the findings of the RKI, omicron is now also predominant in this country. According to RKI President Lothar Wieler, Germany is entering a “new phase of the pandemic” with the spread of the highly contagious variant and the sharp increase in the number of infections. “The pure number of cases will be less decisive. It is more important how many people get seriously ill with Covid-19 and how heavily the health system will then be burdened,” Wieler said on Friday Registration of corona patients in hospitals. “The situation on the normal wards in Germany can become particularly dramatic if the number of cases continues to go through the roof,” said the scientific director of the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) of the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday). “We finally need monitoring that, like the intensive care register, reliably records hospital patients infected with corona. So far, this has been an unacceptable blind flight that we can no longer afford.” The federal government must remedy the situation quickly, said Karagiannidis. The omicron wave had not recently been reflected in the intensive care units in Germany. According to the latest Divi data, the number of people infected with corona treated there fell just below the 3000 mark for the first time since mid-November. However, the RKI gave the total number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days as 3.23 on Friday (Thursday: 3.09, Wednesday: 3.13). It has risen again for the first time in a few days. The number will not be published at the weekend. The under-35s are particularly affected Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder warned in “Münchner Merkur”: “We have to keep a very close eye on the situation over the next two weeks.” So far, experts have reported a smaller number of patients in the hospitals and milder courses. “Omicron is not Delta. That means: We have to adjust exactly which rules are absolutely necessary, but also proportionate.” According to Söder, a broader approach is necessary”: “It will no longer be enough to only look at the situation medically and virologically. We also have to pay more attention to the societal and social component.” So far, the CSU boss has positioned himself as an advocate of particularly strict corona measures “These are significantly less likely to develop a severe course than older people, so they are not yet or only occasionally patients in our intensive care units.”Stiko recommendation for the fourth vaccination?According to Marx, it is expected that compared to the Delta variant, in which about 0 .8 percent of all those infected had to be treated in intensive care, significantly fewer people who tested positive experienced such a severe course. “If the incidences increase sharply due to the very rapid spread, that is of course still a problem,” he warned. “So we hope that the number of Covid 19 patients can still drop significantly before the next wave comes.” The Munich Expe Councilor Clemens Wendtner warned that a fourth corona vaccination should be prepared quickly – with the available vaccines. “For me, a fourth vaccination four to six months after the third vaccination would be an adequate measure,” said the chief physician of infectiology at the Munich Clinic Schwabing of the German Press Agency. At the same time, however, he pointed out that due to a lack of data there was still no recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) for the fourth vaccination. It is often said that one wants to wait for the adapted Omikron vaccine. “But I’m afraid that will take too long,” said Wendtner. New vaccines are not to be expected before April – but the omicron wave is now rolling in. © dpa-infocom, dpa:220115-99-717051/4


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