Incidence rises in Germany, which may have to tighten measures

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Berlin, Jan 10 (EFE) .- The incidence of coronavirus continues to rise in Germany due to the advance of the omicron variant that will force, according to the Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, to tighten the measures beyond those recently agreed.
The cumulative incidence rose to 375.7 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, compared to 362.7 yesterday and 232.4 a week ago.
Even so, the incidence is still below the 389.2 of a month ago, when, however, the trend was already downwards after the peak of 452.4 registered on November 29 in the middle of the fourth wave of the pandemic.
Health authorities reported 25,255 new infections in 24 hours and 52 deaths with or from covid-19, compared to 18,518 and 68 a week ago, while the number of active cases is around 676,600, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology updated last morning.
The accumulated rate of admissions in seven days is 3.15 per 100,000 inhabitants and the occupancy in the ucis of patients with covid-19 is 15.4% of the beds available in critical care units for the adult population, according to the daily RKI report published on Friday.
As of Sunday, 74.6% of the population (62.0 million people) had been vaccinated, 71.9% (59.8 million) with the full schedule, while 42.9% (35.6 million) had already received a booster dose.
Health Minister Karl Lauterbach predicted that contagion figures will continue to rise and that “additional measures will still be necessary, in due course,” to contain the fifth wave due to the omicron variant.
Lauterbach was satisfied with the agreement to introduce the 2Gplus rule -by geimpft or genesen (vaccinated or healed) plus a negative test or certification of booster doses- to access restaurants, cafes and bars, and the new regulations that shorten quarantine.
“I do think that will help us,” he said on a show on the public ARD network.
The federal government and the federated states agreed last Friday to introduce the 2Gplus rule and shorten the quarantine for contact persons and isolation for infected persons in order to guarantee the functioning of essential infrastructures.

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