BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The German Association of Cities is concerned about the rising number of corona infections and calls for swift action to contain the pandemic. “We need swift decisions and a new federal infection protection bill ahead of the summer break,” association president Markus Lewe told media group papers Funke (Friday). It shows that the available instruments are not sufficient. Cities should be able to run if Corona continues to spread by leaps and bounds. “The crown pandemic must not surprise us again and again.”
Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach is already talking about the summer wave. On Friday, the SPD politician wants to comment on the situation with the vice president of the Robert Koch Institute, Lars Schaade in Berlin. The regulations in force in the law on protection against infections expire on September 23. Free Citizenship Tests are initially regulated up to and including June 29. A report of the expert commission is expected by June 30, which will evaluate the protective measures implemented so far. According to the calendar of meetings, the Bundestag will go to the summer recess on 8 July and will meet again only in the week starting on 5 September.
Lewe, the mayor of the city of Mnster, called on federal and state governments to extend free citizenship testing and keep municipal immunization centers operational. He also recommends wearing masks indoors if necessary, for example in retail. “The same applies to 3G or 2G rules, which is access for the vaccinated, those who have recovered and possibly also those who have been tested. Here the law has to be adjusted. “
Bavaria’s Minister of Health, Klaus Holetschek, is quick to call for transparency in research. “The federal government still doesn’t know how to proceed,” criticized a CSU politician in the Augsburger Allgemeine (Friday). “One thing is clear: the more people can easily and free of charge test – and take advantage of this offer – the faster and more efficiently infections can be detected and infection chains broken.”
Meanwhile, sublines of the omicron variant are also spreading in Germany. The RKI assumes they are already dominating. “The strong growth in BA.4 and BA.5 in particular, but also BA.2.12.1, suggests that these variants already account for most of the evidence,” says RKI’s new weekly report. The data in the report always refer to the penultimate week: BA.5 represented approximately 24 percent of the positive samples in the random sample at that time, again approximately doubling the previous week’s value. BA.4 and BA.2.12.1 were approximately four percent.
The RKI also points to a slight increase in Covid 19 cases in intensive care units and advises people to follow more recommendations to avoid infection. According to Gernot Marx, president of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), these numbers are lower than at the end of August 2021. “But this number is not as low as it has been in the last two years,” said Marx of the German Agency Press.
It takes a few more weeks of patience before there is more clarity on the severity of the disease in the omicron BA.5 subline. “We will have to wait and see how it develops with BA.5,” Marx said. The “biggest problem” right now is that during the summer wave with the more contagious variant, many workers may be absent again due to infection.
Hendrik Streeck, a Bonn virologist, sees no reason to panic over the rising number of infections. “I don’t think we’re going to get to the point where we’re going to talk about a blockade again,” said the Augsburger Allgemeine. Streeck referred to “very good population immunity”. However, the virologist believes that there is insufficient data on the pandemic, such as whether people are hospitalized with a crown or because of a crown.
Lauterbach also advised the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions to get a fourth vaccination. The Stiko Standing Committee on Immunization has so far recommended a second booster dose only to sections of the population, including those over the age of 70, healthcare and care staff, and people with immunodeficiency. The Commission is respecting this as well. Stiko chairman Thomas Mertens told the Rheinische Post (Friday) that the new statement “only makes sense after the summer” ./ ggr / DP / mis