Liveblog: Omicron wave not yet in intensive care units

Intensive care physicians do not yet see any effect of the omicron wave on the intensive care units. Google is apparently temporarily requiring weekly corona tests from its US employees. All developments in the live blog.

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Central Council of Jews criticizes excesses in the Corona debate

The President of the Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster, criticizes comparisons between German Corona policy and the Third Reich. “I have absolutely no understanding for that,” said Schuster in an interview with the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. “I disapprove of these comparisons, partly because Jews in the Third Reich had no way of escaping.”

Schuster added, “People making these comparisons today are calling government action persecution. That’s just plain wrong.” For reasons of health protection, unvaccinated people are excluded from certain areas in which 2G is dominant. The doctor said: “Without vaccination, for example, I can’t go to a restaurant today. But it’s up to the people to change that – they just have to be vaccinated.”

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Mexico reports new high for new infections

According to the Mexican Ministry of Health, the number of new infections in the North American country reached a new high of 44,293 within 24 hours. The last record value was 44,187 on Wednesday. 195 more people died, bringing the total death toll to 301,107.

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According to a media report, Google prescribes corona tests for US employees

The American technology giant Google is temporarily mandating weekly corona tests for its employees in the USA. This is reported by the news channel CNBC, citing a note that the broadcaster has.

Every employee must therefore show a negative test, state their vaccination status and wear a mask while in the office, according to the report. The measure is said to have been introduced because of the rapidly spreading omicron variant. Google has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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Omicron in intensive care units not yet noticeable

The intensive care physicians do not yet see any effect of the omicron wave on the intensive care units. “We are currently unable to identify the omicron wave in the intensive care units,” said the President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), Gernot Marx, the editorial network Germany. “Fortunately, when it comes to Covid-19 patients, we can continue to report declining numbers.”

On Thursday, the stations fell back below the 3,000 Covid patient mark. Marx emphasized that it is currently mainly younger people under the age of 35 who are 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 take such a severe course. “Should the incidences increase sharply due to the very rapid spread, that is of course still a problem,” warned Marx.

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