German Health Minister Jens Spahn expects the herd to be immune to the coronavirus by next spring and thus end the pandemic in Germany.
“If there is no new variant of the virus against which vaccination does not protect you, which is very unlikely, then we will have overcome the pandemic in the spring and can return to normal,” the CDU politician told the Augsburger Allgemeine ”.
Spahn: Vaccination is the “safe way”
In the spring of 2022 is expected to achieve herd immunity. The only question is whether this will happen through vaccinations or infections. The only question is whether herd immunity is achieved through vaccination or infection. “Vaccination is definitely the safest way to get there,” Spahn said. “And when I look at hospitals, I have to say: it’s a way that is less of a burden not only for you, but for a lot of others, like nursing staff.”
The higher the vaccination rate and the lower the infection rate, the better it can protect children who have not yet been vaccinated, Spahn said.
The incidence continues to fall
Spahni, on the other hand, once again rejected the idea of lifting measures against the corona, as did Great Britain in the so-called “Freedom Day”. “The vaccination rate is still not high enough for that. “But when I travel through Germany, I have the feeling that a lot of ‘freedom’ is possible right now,” Spahn said. It should not be forgotten that the vaccine has made a normal life possible again.
Meanwhile, the seven-day incidence in Germany continues to fall. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a value of 65.0. Yesterday, the value was 68.5, a week ago it was 77.9.
More than 10,000 new infections
Health authorities in Germany also reported to RKI 10,454 new infections in one day, compared to more than 12,000 infections a week ago. Across Germany, 71 deaths were recorded within 24 hours.
The number of patients with crowns admitted to hospitals per 100,000 residents within seven days was 1.63, according to RKI on Tuesday. A weekly or monthly comparison is not possible due to the large number of subsequent reports. A nationwide threshold value when the situation is to be seen as critical is not predicted for the incidence of hospitalization, inter alia due to large regional differences. The previous maximum value was around 15.5 around Christmas time.
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