Status: 10.01.2022 7:18 a.m.
The incidence has risen again and is now 375.7. Health Minister Lauterbach therefore believes that further restrictions are necessary. An advisor to the federal government advocated a “pragmatic approach” to the pandemic.
The nationwide seven-day incidence has risen again: The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week at 375.7. For comparison: the previous day the value was 362.7. A week ago the nationwide incidence was 232.4 (previous month: 389.2).
The north of Germany, which was formerly less affected by Corona, is currently – as in previous weeks – higher incidences than the rest of the country. The value is highest in Bremen with 1028.0, followed by Berlin (694.1), Hamburg (560.9) and Schleswig-Holstein (529.6). It is assumed that this trend reversal is related on the one hand to the spread of the omicron variant, which began earlier in the north, and on the other hand to the greater risk of infection in large cities.
25,255 new infections, 52 further deaths
The health authorities in Germany reported 25,255 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. A week ago there were 18,518 infections, although there were gaps in tests and reports over the course of the holidays.
According to the new information, 52 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago it was 68. The number of people who died with or with the involvement of a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to a total of 114,029.
Compulsory vaccination and rapid tests
In view of the increasing numbers, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach made on Sunday evening Report from Berlin clearly that he considers further restrictions in the fight against Omikron necessary. The resolutions made by the federal and state governments on Friday – keyword 2G-Plus – are “an important step forward,” said the SPD politician. But that will not be enough to defeat Omikron. “Therefore further measures will be necessary in due course.”
Above all, there is reason to believe that unvaccinated people with Omikron could get more seriously ill. “A contamination would be far too risky.” Lauterbach also announced that the Paul Ehrlich Institute will check rapid tests to see whether they can recognize the Omikron variant.
With a view to the debate about the introduction of a general corona vaccination obligation, Lauterbach did not want to commit to a date. The Bundestag must decide for itself when and in what form to debate, “that is not a government task,” said Lauterbach. However, his ministry supported the MPs with his expertise in the preparation of group applications. It had previously become known that the promise of compulsory vaccination mentioned by Chancellor Olaf Scholz apparently could not be kept until the beginning of March.
Dahmen: More 2G-Plus against Omikron
Green health expert Janosch Dahmen, however, pleaded for a swift expansion of the job-related vaccination requirement. In view of the Omikron wave and the impending risk of massive staff losses in the critical infrastructure, it makes sense to extend the facility-related vaccination obligation to include the police or fire brigades, said Dahmen to the “Tagesspiegel”. You can act with this as long as there is no general vaccination requirement.
In addition, Dahmen spoke out in favor of openness to a further tightening of the corona measures. “We may also have to decide on other indoor areas with 2G-Plus measures as additional protection beyond the catering trade,” he said on ZDF. The omicron wave is only just beginning. “And when we look at the neighboring countries, we see that there is a big problem everywhere that we have to deal with now.”
“Pragmatic Dealing” with the Pandemic?
The Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck, on the other hand, promoted a “pragmatic approach” to the pandemic, “to learn to live with the virus”. The “permanent alarm condition” was “tiresome and unsuccessful,” he told the “Bild” newspaper. However, Streeck also said the exposure in the hospitals must continue to be closely monitored in order to “take action if necessary”.
The RKI uses the hospitalization incidence to determine the burden on hospitals. This number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was given by the RKI on Friday as 3.15 (Thursday: 3.26). The value is not reported on the weekend. The value fluctuates strongly from region to region. In Bremen it was – as of Friday – the highest at 18.23, followed by Thuringia (9.01) and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (6.64) at a large distance. The hospitalization incidence was lowest in Lower Saxony. There it was 1.66.
The RKI has counted around 7.5 million detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not recognized. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered on Monday morning at around 6.7 million.