Booster vaccinations against COVID-19 should become the rule for everyone, Jens Spahn, acting Federal Minister of Health, announced at a press conference on Friday. The Robert Koch Institute warns that the current pandemic development in Germany is “very worrying”. “If measures such as masks, spacing, restriction of contact and ventilation do not quickly reduce the number of infections, there is a risk of a further increase in the number of severe courses of the disease and deaths” – emphasized the Institute.
The number of new coronavirus cases in Germany is steadily increasing. On Friday, the most of them were registered since the beginning of the pandemic – over 37,000, on Thursday over 33,000. A week ago, there were over 24,000. infection.
Spahn: booster vaccinations after six months should be the rule
Acting Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn appeared in the press after the conference of federal and state health ministers in Lindau on Lake Constance. – In the current situation, the conference of health ministers is an important signal of cooperation – he said. The fourth wave of the pandemic is already being felt in full force. Spahn sees “very difficult weeks” ahead of the Germans. “The fourth wave must be broken now,” he said.
– Booster (booster – ed.) Should become the rule after six months, stressed the Federal Minister of Health. First of all, he added, it should be taken by the elderly and those suffering from other diseases.
At the same time, Spahn spoke out against compulsory vaccination against the coronavirus and expressed concern that it could lead to greater divisions in society.
“Very disturbing” developments
According to the new data, 154 deaths were recorded throughout Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 121 deaths. The number of people who died from SARS-CoV-2 infection increased to 96 346.
The Robert Koch Institute counted 4 709 488 confirmed coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic. The actual total number can be much higher as many infections are not detected. For those who are incompletely vaccinated or unvaccinated against COVID-19, RKI has changed the risk assessment of coronavirus infection from “high” to “very high”.
The current development of the situation is “very worrying”, emphasizes the Robert Koch Institute. If measures such as face masks, spacing, restriction of contact, and ventilation do not quickly reduce the number of infections, there are concerns that there will be a further increase in severe disease and deaths. The capacity of hospital intensive care units may be exceeded.
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