German health minister expects virus surge around New Year’s


German health minister expects virus surge around New Year's
Police officers try to stop a demonstration march of opponents of the Corona policy in front of the main train station in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Nearly 3000 opponents of the Corona measures demonstrated in Munich on Wednesday. Germany’s health minister said Thursday that he expects a surge in coronavirus cases around the New Year period, and people will likely need a fourth shot of vaccine to maintain the best immune response against COVID-19. Credit: Lennart Preiss/dpa via AP

Germany’s health minister said Thursday that he expects a surge in coronavirus cases around New Year’s snd people will likely need a fourth vaccine shot to maintain the best immune response against COVID-19.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told public radio network WDR 2 that Germany hasn’t yet seen a big, rapid wave of new infections from the omicron variant like some other European countries.

“That will change around New Year and in the first week of January,” Lauterbach said.

The government is urging Germans to limit their contacts over the holiday period and to get vaccinated, including with booster shots if they’ve already had their initial vaccines. .

Official figures show 70.7% of the population have received a full course of vaccine, while 35% have had boosters.

Demonstrations against new pandemic restrictions and a planned vaccine mandate have flared up in Germany over the past weeks.

Police said about 5,000 protesters gathered in the center of Munich late Wednesday, with some participants attacking officers. Eleven people were detained.

  • German health minister expects virus surge around New Year's
    Opponents of the Corona policy march through downtown Munich in a demonstration procession in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Nearly 3000 opponents of the Corona measures demonstrated in Munich on Wednesday. Germany’s health minister said Thursday that he expects a surge in coronavirus cases around the New Year period, and people will likely need a fourth shot of vaccine to maintain the best immune response against COVID-19. Credit: Lennart Preiss/dpa via AP
  • German health minister expects virus surge around New Year's
    German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach gestures during a press conference on the current coronavirus pandemic in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Germany’s health minister said Thursday that he expects a surge in coronavirus cases around the New Year period, and people will likely need a fourth shot of vaccine to maintain the best immune response against COVID-19. Credit: AP Photo/Michael Sohn

Germany sees omicron dominant soon, pushes on vaccination


© 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Citation:
German health minister expects virus surge around New Year’s (2021, December 23)
retrieved 23 December 2021
from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-12-german-health-minister-virus-surge.html

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no
part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.





MedicalXpress

WP Twitter Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com