As of: 11/29/2021 7:06 am
The seven-day incidence continues to rise and has reached a new high: According to the RKI, the value is now 452.4. The virologist Drosten was “quite concerned” about the new Omikron variant.
Germany continues to have a firm grip on the fourth corona wave. The Robert Koch Institute stated the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week in the early morning at 452.4 – a new high. For comparison: yesterday the value was 446.7, a week ago it was 386.5.
On November 8, the value in Germany exceeded the threshold of 200 for the first time, the highest level since the pandemic began in December last year. Since then, new highs have been recorded every day.
According to the RKI, 29,364 new infections were recorded nationwide within 24 hours. The highest number of 76,414 new cases was registered on Friday. As a rule, fewer case numbers are reported at the weekend, partly because fewer tests are carried out.
73 more deaths
The death toll from the pandemic in Germany rose by 73 to 100,956 cases. Last Thursday, the number of corona deaths in Germany exceeded the threshold of 100,000.
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. 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.
“Nobody knows what to expect”
The newly discovered Omikron variant causes additional concerns. It has now appeared in numerous countries – including Germany. The health ministers of the leading western economies (G7) want to advise on this today.
The Berlin virologist Christian Drosten said yesterday in the ZDF “heute journal” that he was “quite worried” about the variant. We don’t know too much about them and “Nobody can say at the moment what’s in store for us,” said Drosten. “The only thing you can really say with certainty: It’s better when you’re vaccinated. It’s even better when you’re boosted.”
The first real “immune escape mutant”?
Reports of mild courses do not yet have a lot of substance in view of only a good 1000 cases, according to Drosten. Here you have to wait for the clinical course. But you can see that it occurs frequently among young people in South Africa and also affects people who have already had an illness. He is worried that the first real “immune escape mutant” is in front of him.
Immune escape means that Omikron could bypass an immune defense built up against other Sars-CoV-2 variants. The next two to three weeks would have to answer whether vaccinations would have to be changed, said Drosten. An adaptation of the mRNA vaccines is possible. “It will be relatively easy to do technically. But we’re talking about months here.”