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The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, has warned of the spread of the omicron variant BA.5 in Germany in view of the increasing number of corona infections in Portugal. “Corona is not over yet – this is proven by the violent outbreak of omicron in Portugal,” said Montgomery of the “Rheinische Post” (Tuesday edition).

“The BA.5 variant of the virus will also spread to us. Many, including those who have been vaccinated, will become ill. Good to know: those who are vaccinated are much less ill. The risk of dying is 99 percent lower than in the unvaccinated,” said the President of the World Medical Association. He therefore called for good preparation for the autumn and winter.

“The toolbox must be defined and maintained in the Infection Protection Act: from the obligation to wear a mask to the lockdown – uniformly and clearly regulated nationwide,” Montgomery demanded. “The smarter we behave now, the fewer drastic measures we need in autumn and winter. Wearing a mask voluntarily wherever many people come together. Vaccinate, especially now. And don’t play off freedom against security,” said Montgomery. (AFP)

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 61,889 new infections within 24 hours. That is 2,548 fewer cases than on Tuesday a week ago, when 64,437 corona infections were reported. The nationwide seven-day incidence rises to 201.7 from 189.0 the previous day. 136 other people died in connection with the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 139,000. (Reuters)

Stiko’s recommendation to vaccinate children between the ages of five and eleven came much too late. Nor is it consistent enough. At the end of November 2021, the European Medicines Agency approved the vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer for children aged five to eleven. Before Christmas, the first children in Germany were vaccinated – without the unqualified recommendation of the Stiko. This made many parents hesitate, the uncertainty was great. The result: the vaccination rate for five to eleven year olds is low. And it is doubtful whether the current recommendation with just one injection in the fall with new corona variants and increasing numbers of cases will still apply.