Berlin (dpa) – In 10 of the 16 federal states, the incidence of new coronavirus infections within 7 days has increased in the past week. This follows from the weekly report of the Robert Koch Institute.
At the national level, the incidence increased by two percent between the penultimate and the last week. The reason for the current increase in Covid-19 cases is probably the easier transferability of the BA.2 subtype from omicron and the withdrawal of contact reduction measures. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach and RKI President Lothar Wieler want to explain the situation on Friday.
“The further course of the pandemic depends largely on how the behavior of the population changes and to what extent possible contacts related to the infection increase,” says the weekly report. A further increase in the number of cases cannot be ruled out.
The RKI reported a record number of new corona infections on Thursday: The authority had recorded 262,752 cases in 24 hours and thus more than 250,000 new infections recorded in one day for the first time. The national 7-day incidence had risen to 1,388.5. According to the weekly report, the highest incidences continue to be registered in the group of 5 to 24 years. Last time there were about 2,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 7 days. In people 65 years and older, the 7-day incidence plateaued in the previous week.
Lauterbach calls for vaccinations
In view of the growing number of infections, Lauterbach called for more vaccinations on Thursday. The gap is so large that “without a significant improvement in vaccination readiness and vaccination rates, we will again have significant problems in the fall,” said the SPD politician in Berlin. If the rising tide of omicrons is not checked, there would be 200 to 300 deaths per day for many weeks. “We can’t put up with that.”
According to the weekly report, the proportion of the more easily transmissible BA.2 omicron subtype in a sample rose to 48 percent at the end of February. The week before, the figure was still 38 percent. In a population with high levels of immunity, through vaccination or infection, BA.2 does not cause more severe disease than the original BA.1 omicron subtype.