The fourth wave of the epidemic continues to hit record highs in Germany, where the fifth is feared, given the stagnation of the vaccine campaign.As noted by the President of the Robert Koch Institute of Virology (RKI), Lothar Wheeler.
“If the reduction in contacts and the acceleration of the vaccination campaign are not achieved There will also be a fifth wave in GermanyWyler said.
67.9 percent of the population received the full course of the corona virus vaccine and 70.4 percent received the minimum first dose.
There has been no significant improvement in the weeks leading up to the figures that bring Germany closer to herd immunity, which is largely due to Resistance to vaccination from a section of the population.
In the meantime, Infection figures reach alarming levels.
Weekly event this Saturday 362.2 infections per 100 people, According to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), The highest level since the onset of the infection.
The weekly event was 277.4 last week and 80.4 last month. The number of infections is also on the rise, with 63,924 people registered in the last 24 hours. 18,843 more than a week ago.
Total 248 people have died due to disease related causes, 20 more than a week ago.
Chairman of the Permanent Commission on Vaccines (STIKO), Thomas Mertens, Agrees The vaccine will not be a tool to break the fourth wave, Because its effects take several weeks to be noticed.
“Vaccines have no role to play in overcoming the current situation,” Mertens told the Phoenix Channel in a statement.
However, it is important to get vaccinated next year, “he added.
The current situation has created a more current situation in Germany Discussion on compulsory vaccinationAfter Austria opted for compulsory vaccination for the entire population from February 2022, at least for certain groups.
On Friday, Austrian President Alexander Schallenberg has announced a complete freeze to deal with the new wave of Govt-19 epidemic and will order his entire population to be vaccinated from February 1 next year. Imprisonment initially lasts 10 days, maximum 20The officer said.
In this regard, Mertens said the mandatory vaccination would make sense People who work in certain businesses or places, such as nursing homes or hospitals.
Since the onset of the epidemic, there have been There are 5,291,549 confirmed infections and 99,301 deaths in Germany Due to the corona virus.
Hospital pressure is also increasing in some regions and cities, including Berlin. Hospitals are close to their capacity.
On Monday, the new health care law comes into force, which includes such measures Requirement of a vaccination certificate or, in case of failure, a daily negative test to access the workplace.
The federal states have called for improvements in the law, with the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the SPD announcing a December 9 amendment to the law.
(With information from EFE)