Status: 11/29/2021 3:55 a.m.
The RKI reports 29,364 new infections in Germany. Canada and Switzerland are also reporting the first cases of the Omikron variant. The current developments in the live blog.
RKI registers 29 364 new corona infections – incidence at 452.4
The seven-day incidence has risen again and has peaked. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Monday morning at 452.4. For comparison: the previous day the value was 446.7, a week ago it was 386.5 (previous month: 64.3). The health authorities in Germany reported 29,364 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 3:34 a.m. Exactly one week ago there were 30,643 infections. According to the new information, 73 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 62 deaths. The RKI has counted 5,791,060 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not recognized. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was given by the RKI on Friday at 5.97 (Thursday: 5.79). The value is not reported on the weekend. It plays an essential role in assessing what is happening in the infection. If limit values 3, 6 and 9 are exceeded in the federal states, stricter measures to combat the pandemic can be imposed there.
First suspected Omikron case in Switzerland
The new Omikron variant of the coronavirus may have now also appeared in Switzerland. According to the Federal Office of Public Health, it was a person who returned from South Africa a week ago, the SDA agency reported on Sunday evening. More details are expected from a genetic test in the next few days.
CDU General Secretary Ziemiak criticizes Scholz for Corona management
CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak accuses the likely future Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) of being too lax with the corona situation. “Olaf Scholz must finally take the situation as seriously as Angela Merkel has done so far. I don’t see that at the moment,” Ziemiak told the newspaper “Rheinische Post”. “The traffic light is not doing enough with Corona. The measures are not enough and it was wrong to let the epidemic situation come to an end.” For those who have not been vaccinated, it should mean in future: no cinema, no restaurant, no theater. “We showed too much consideration for the unvaccinated.”
CSU General Secretary Blume calls for an “emergency stop”
CSU General Secretary Markus Blume calls on the traffic light parties to take extensive measures in the fight against the fourth wave of corona. “We need an emergency stop not only in the south or east, but in all of Germany,” said Blume in the politics talk of the “Bild” newspaper. Another prime ministerial conference is needed “to anchor a federal emergency brake”. According to him, a 70 percent reduction in contact is necessary to break the wave. In Bavaria, regional lockdowns have been created as an option.
Two Omicron cases also discovered in Canada
Infections with the omicron variant of the coronavirus have now also been discovered in Canada. The health authority of the province of Ontario announced on Sunday that the mutant had been found in two infected people in Ottawa. Both people who entered from Nigeria are now in quarantine. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the variant, which was first discovered in southern Africa, as “worrying”. The EU health authority ECDC speaks of serious concerns that Omikron could significantly reduce the effectiveness of corona vaccines and increase the risk of reinfection. The exact effects of the mutant have not yet been determined.