Berlin (dpa) – The president of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, considers the current coronavirus situation in Germany to be tense and urges great caution. “Too many people are still getting seriously ill with Covid and still too many people are dying from this disease. And many people are still suffering from the long-term consequences of Covid,” Wieler said in Berlin on Friday.
In the context of the recent increase in the number of infections, he again drew attention to the increasing proportion of the omicron subtype BA.2, which is particularly easily transmitted. According to the head of RKI, the infection pressure is still very high.
The hospitalization rate is increasing, especially in older age groups, Wieler warned. This is also due to the gradual relaxation of infection control measures in many places and associated changes in the behavior of many people.
Appeal: Get vaccinated and comply with measures
Wieler also went into detail about the possible long-term consequences after an infection, which could affect adults and, although probably less frequently, adolescents and children as well. Some of these people remain severely restricted long-term. However, data on long-term consequences are still limited.
“So the situation is still tense, but we can influence the infection process with our behavior,” Wieler said. He reiterated his calls for vaccination and emphasized that many severe courses, deaths and long-term consequences could be prevented through vaccination. “Vaccination is and remains the best and safest form of immunity,” he said.
He also called on everyone to comply with the other known protection measures, to remain vigilant and to pay special attention to particularly vulnerable groups.