German government will fight Corona with a seven-point plan – The Berlin Spectator

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Since the number of Corona infections is expected to increase further in the fall, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach wants to be ready. He presented a plan and said there was light at the end of the tunnel.

Berlin, June 18, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — A summer wave of coronavirus has just increased the number of new infections in Germany. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach expects the numbers to rise again in the fall. This time, he wants the country to be prepared. “When we get into the fall, we want to be better prepared than we were last time,” he said. His new seven-point plan is supposed to help.

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Vaccine and drugs

First of all, the available vaccine would be adapted to the situation, announced the minister. By that, Lauterbach likely meant that there will be a vaccine against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus if needed, or immunizations against other mutations that may develop. According to him, there will not be another attempt to make Corona vaccinations compulsory.

Free Corona tests are supposed to be available in the future as well, but probably not for everyone. At this stage, the government is discussing which population groups will be eligible to get tested for free. Drugs for COVID-19 are also part of Lauterbach’s plan. Infected people are supposed to receive it earlier than before.

Schools and kindergartens

The seven-point plan also includes more care and protection for vulnerable groups. All care facilities are expected to appoint a person responsible for their hygiene concept. Establishments of this type will be monitored because authorities need to know whether residents have been vaccinated. From September, an existing reporting system called DEMIS is supposed to show how many intensive care beds are occupied by Corona patients.

Minister Lauterbach wants to avoid the closure of schools and kindergartens by applying rules for vaccinations, Corona tests and hygiene concepts. On top of all that, Professor Lauterbach said he was working on a new version of Germany’s infection protection law. To this end, he communicated with the Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann.

Fourth shot

Karl Lauterbach also called on people to voluntarily wear masks once they went inside. In particular, the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions could improve their protection by getting a fourth vaccine, he said. The same applied to people who were often with other people.

Regarding the ongoing Corona summer wave, the Minister said that it should be taken seriously, but that there was no reason for alarm or panic. Among those infected with the Omicron variant, disease progression was more harmless, in most cases. In addition, many Germans were vaccinated. Those who had previous Omicron infections were fairly well protected against the BA.5 subtype. The same subtype is driving the Corona summer surge right now.

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There was light at the end of the tunnel, Lauterbach said in Berlin. Within the next six months there would be a vaccine that would essentially prevent Corona infections.

Today, the Robert Koch Institute reported more than 80,000 new coronavirus infections in Germany. The seven-day incidence is 445.1. Only eleven days ago it was below 200.

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