The Omicron virus variant is driving the corona numbers in Germany steeply upwards. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the seven-day incidence increased again on Saturday morning (January 15, 2022). maximum reached, 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 there were 55,889. Across Germany, 235 deaths were recorded within 24 hours.
RKI: Omicron probably the predominant variant in Germany
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 become seriously ill with Covid-19 and how heavily the health system will then be burdened,” Wieler said on Friday. Bestseller: View corona self-tests on Amazon Intensive care physician Christian Karagiannidis is pushing for better 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”. “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 quickly remedy the situation, 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 is not published on weekends.
Söder: “Omicron is not Delta”
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. Divi President Gernot Marx told the editorial network Germany, currently people under the age of 35 are mainly infected with omicron. “These develop a severe course much less frequently than older people, so they are not yet or only occasionally patients in our intensive care units.” According to Marx, it is expected that compared to the Delta variant, in which around 0.8 percent of all infected people had to be treated in intensive care, significantly fewer people who tested positive would experience such a severe course. “Should 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 expert 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 is still no recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) for a 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. Article contains affiliate links *Note: In the editorial office, we are always looking for useful products for our readers. The links provided in this article and marked with a shopping cart symbol or an asterisk are so-called affiliate links/advertising links. If you click on one of these links and make a purchase through it, we receive a commission from the retailer. This does not change the price for you. Our editorial reporting is fundamentally independent of the existence or amount of a commission.
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