Status: 08.01.2022 09:23 a.m.
The health authorities have recorded 55,889 new corona infections. The incidence is now 335.9, which is the same as it was before Christmas. Health Minister Lauterbach announced a new vaccination infrastructure.
The number of new infections continues to rise sharply. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 55,889 new cases recorded by the health authorities, a week ago there were 26,392. The RKI gave the seven-day incidence as 335.9. For comparison: the previous day the value was 303.4, a week ago the nationwide incidence was 220.3. The incidence is again as high as it was last before Christmas.
It was the fourth day in a row with more than 50,000 new infections. A week ago it was 26,392. The RKI pointed out that it continues to assume that new infections will be under-recorded due to fewer tests and reports in the course of the holidays and vacations.
Number of deaths rises to 113,900
According to the RKI, the health authorities also registered 268 deaths within 24 hours. A week ago there were 184 deaths. The number of people who died in connection with a proven corona infection rose to 113,900.
In total, more than 7.47 million corona tests have so far been positive in Germany. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at 6,692,700. 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 as 3.15 (Thursday: 3.26).
Lauterbach wants new vaccination infrastructure
In view of the threat of further corona waves, the federal government wants to enable vaccines to be developed more quickly. “If we get a variant that is as contagious as Omikron, but significantly more deadly, we would have to be able to develop and produce a new vaccine in the shortest possible time,” said Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach of “Welt am Sonntag”. The federal government is preparing for this “with high pressure”. “We are currently in the process of creating a structure for this,” said Lauterbach. “We need a permanent infrastructure.”
It would be sensible to design the vaccination infrastructure in such a way that the population can be vaccinated as quickly as possible at any time, said the SPD politician. “Germany is currently in a vulnerable phase. Another serious outbreak could occur at any time,” he warned. “We must not fall into the naive assumption that it will be over soon. It is not over.”
Hope for mandatory vaccination
Lauterbach said he expected noticeable effects in the fight against the pandemic through the introduction of compulsory vaccinations. “You have to accept that even with the duty you will never reach everyone,” he said. “But I am convinced that there is a large group of unvaccinated people who we can induce to vaccinate by compulsory vaccination.”
The minister said that he hoped that society would be relatively well protected by the mandatory vaccination. “We must no longer find ourselves in a situation in which a summer is deceptively good, but new variants surprise us in autumn – and that without the broad majority of the population being vaccinated. Because then everything would start all over again.”
The Bundestag should vote on mandatory vaccination without group specifications. However, there is unlikely to be a quick decision. The first thing under discussion is an “orientation debate” in January. The SPD aims to conclude a legislative process “in the first quarter”, ie by the end of March. Lauterbach claims that he is working “as a member of parliament” on a proposal for a general vaccination requirement for people over the age of 18.