According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the easier transferability of the omicron BA.2 subtype and the withdrawal of contact reduction measures are likely to be responsible for the renewed increase in Covid-19 cases.
By the end of February, the proportion of BA.2 in a sample had risen to 48 percent, according to the weekly Corona report on Thursday evening. The week before, the figure was still 38 percent. “The further course of the pandemic depends to a large extent on how the behavior of the population changes and to what extent the possible contacts relevant to infection increase.”
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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 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 around 2,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. In people 65 years and older, the 7-day incidence plateaued in the previous week. (dpa)