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Corona in Germany: Omikron worries are growing – "relatively safe" dominant in January

The corona situation in Germany is still tense. Omikron is expanding rapidly and will soon be the dominant variant. The news ticker.

  • The Corona * numbers in Germany continue to decrease slightly.
  • Experts are certain that Omikron will soon become the dominant variant.
  • This news ticker is updated regularly.

Berlin – The corona numbers in Germany are falling, but worries are increasing. The fears of the impending omicron wave are too great. On Tuesday (December 21st) the federal and state governments will meet to discuss further measures to contain the new variant. A new draft resolution, which was leaked in the run-up to the Corona-MPK, provides for new contact restrictions – also for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered.

Corona in Germany: the number of cases continues to fall – RKI reassesses the risk of Omikron

The nationwide seven-day incidence has decreased compared to the previous day. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value on Tuesday morning as 306.4. For comparison: the day before the nationwide value was 316.0, a week ago it was 375.0 (previous month: 372.7). The health authorities in Germany reported 23,428 new corona infections * to the RKI within one day. Exactly one week ago there were 30,823 infections.

The number of reported corona infections * has been falling for almost three weeks. However, experts fear an imminent trend reversal due to the highly contagious and rapidly spreading omicron variant. The RKI also tightened its risk assessment on Monday. Overall, it rates the risk to the health of citizens as “very high”. People who have been vaccinated twice and those who have recovered are also exposed to a high risk, while the risk of illness for those who have been vaccinated three times is given as “moderate”. For those who have not been vaccinated, the risk of infection is “very high”.

Corona in Germany: intensive care physicians sure that Omikron will soon dominate

“We are relatively certain that Omikron * will be the dominant variant in Germany around the middle to the end of January,” said the President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (Divi), Gernot Marx, of the Rheinische Post . Since too little is currently known about this virus variant, studies from abroad have to be studied, the development of incidences “closely monitored” and the situation sounded out.

Gernot Marx, Präsident Deutsche Interdisziplinäre Vereinigung für Intensiv- und Notfallmedizin (DIVI), nimmt an einer Pressekonferenz zur aktuellen Lage um die Corona Pandemie teil.


DIVI President Gernot Marx is certain that Omikron will soon also be dominant in Germany. (Archive image)

At the same time, Marx warned against overloading the intensive care units and the staff working there. The number of Covid patients in intensive care units in Germany is currently falling slightly again. But: “The workload is still very high, the workload is even higher, the psychological stress on the teams is sometimes very far from humanly possible. Because the number of Covid patients in intensive care units is also falling because a large number of patients are dying, “explained Marx to the editorial network Germany (RND) . That is very difficult for the teams to endure.

The RKI * also fears a “sudden increase in the number of infections” and a rapid “overload of the health system” due to the rapid spread of Omikron. The aim must be to “slow down the dynamics of the spread of Omikron, to minimize serious illnesses and deaths and to relieve the health care system” through contact restrictions and other measures. It is possible that the Corona-MPK will decide on a “lockdown light” *. The world doctors boss criticized the half-heartedness * of the policy in advance. (ph with dpa) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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