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Omicron variant dominates – seven-day incidence reaches new high – Politics

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Omicron variant dominates - seven-day incidence reaches new high - Politics

Berlin – The corona numbers are increasing rapidly. So far, this has not been reflected in the intensive care units. Not yet? Experts demand that the situation in the clinics as a whole be taken into account. You can read all developments in our live ticker. +++ The Omicron virus variant is driving the corona numbers in Germany upwards. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the seven-day incidence again reached a high on Saturday morning, and 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. 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. +++ Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach expects the number of corona infections to increase even more, but is counting on containment through further everyday restrictions and more vaccinations. Lauterbach’s strategy is that Slow Omicron Wave and to stretch and during this time as many people as possible boosted with booster shots, said the SPD politician on Friday in Berlin. The pandemic is now “in difficult waters” in Germany. More people would have to be treated with infections and hospitals would be under a greater burden. At the same time, the current restrictions had an effect – for example with a longer doubling time for the number of infections. In addition, there are now even stricter access rules for vaccinated and recovered people with additional tests (2G plus) in the catering trade. Current developments regarding the corona pandemic: Reload



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