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According to German experts, a booster dose is not enough, and the epidemic will intensify

According to a specialized advisory body to the German federal government, the Omicron version of the pathogen is leading to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Germany.

The body formed by the government, which took office in early December, stressed in its first decision issued on Sunday evening that all models show that accelerating booster vaccinations alone is not enough to stop the next wave, so people at risk of infection must. be limited.

Above all, large gatherings should be avoided and a medical mask approved by FFP2 should be worn, especially indoors. The use of rapid tests at gatherings during the holiday period should also be encouraged, according to the MTI, which has been recommended by epidemiologists.

Due to the new situation arising from the emergence of the omicron, a meeting of the heads of the federal and provincial governments will be held early Tuesday to discuss the defense strategy to be pursued during the period of end-of-year celebrations. The entire state will not close, but nightclubs will certainly close and restrictions are expected for vaccinated people, Vice Chancellor Robert Hapsek said on national public radio Deutschlandfunk on Monday.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach similarly put the matter on national public television ARD Sunday, confirming that a general Christmas lockdown would not be imposed as in the Netherlands.

At the same time, the minister said, it is certain that “there will be a fifth wave” in Germany “because we have “passed the critical number of people with omicrons”.

The central element of control remains the administration of the booster vaccines as they provide strong protection against the new variant. The most at-risk vaccination should be sought. In addition, people should be informed of what is possible during the holidays and what is not, Lauterbach said.

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Public information is also considered important by government advisors. In their recommendation, they highlighted that the “Omicron wave” was moving toward an “exhausted population” in a pandemic that lasted nearly two years, during which “enormous tensions” had built up. Therefore, a “comprehensive communication strategy” and a “comprehensive interpretation” of the new situation and the resulting measures are also needed to enable the country to face an ever more difficult challenge.

In connection with this challenge, it has been shown, among others, that the number of people with omicrons will double every 2-4 days, resulting in a very high ‘patient turnover’ in hospitals. However, in addition to the health care system, the entire country’s vital infrastructure – police, fire brigade, telecommunications, electricity and water supplies, and transportation and communication systems – may be at risk, so the spread of the changing new virus must slow.

By Sunday, 70.3 percent of Germany’s population – 58.4 million people – had been fully vaccinated against the new type of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to the federal government. 31.5 percent of the population – 26.2 million people – received a booster dose after full vaccination.

There are 22.2 million unvaccinated people or 26.7% of the population. However, 4 million of them – 4.8 percent of the population – are children under the age of five who do not yet have a vaccine.