The Omicron variant massively spread in Germany from last weeks, which further surged the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. As per the reports of the public health agency of Germany, it has experienced more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases in the previous 24 hours.
Germany’s National Disease Control body, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), published the figures reporting 112,323 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday (18 January). The weekly incidence due to novel coronavirus` rate has now reached 584.4 new infections per 100,000 people over seven days, the RKI reported.
Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that the variant would peak around the middle of February. Omicron infection has increased over 70% across Germany.
Germany has further tightened restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, limiting access to bars and restaurants to people who have booster vaccines, tested negative of COVId-19 and fully vaccinated or recovered.
Other European countries are also battling against rapid Omicron, including neighbouring countries, infections figures around three lakh daily cases.
The omicron variant was comparatively slow to start spreading in Germany by European standards. Still, in recent weeks, the country has experienced an increase in case numbers similar to those seen in several nearby countries such as France, the Netherlands and the UK.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has promised to introduce immediate vaccinations to boost the immunity of the 83 million- a vast population out of which 60 million are fully vaccinated.
The country has witnessed protests against the government’s Covid Strategy and vaccination plans. They are demanding the safety of their families. They have to wait in long lines to get an appointment for the jabs.
Protestors are also demanding financial securities as they
face a lot of monetary crisis during the Covid tenure and seeking health and financial guarantees from the government.