Germany’s smallest and least populated federal state has the highest vaccination rates across the country, but is now faced with the highest infection rates in any part of the country, stimulated by Omicron varieties. CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus..
In Bremen’s maritime state, located in the northern part of Germany, nearly 84% of the population is double-jabed, but the national figure is about 72%.
About 44% of small German states with less than 700,000 people receive COVID-19 booster shots, compared to a similar national number of 42%.
According to the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases (RKI), Bremen’s seven-day infection rate was 800 per 100,000 inhabitants on January 6, the highest in Germany, more than double the 303 in the country. did.
Bremen’s hospitalization rate is also high at 14.56 per 100,000, a German news channel Reported by ZDFLucas Ferman, a spokesman for Bremen’s Health Senator, said the hospital was so burdened with the first three waves of the CCP virus pandemic that patients infected with the new variant had mild symptoms. He said it didn’t take.
RKI expects that the Omicron variant, which was first noticed in South Africa last year, will become the major CCP virus strain in the coming days. According to the latest RKI data, Omicron now accounts for more than 85% of CCP virus infections in Bremen, well above about 44% nationwide.
Hajo Zeeb, a professor at the Leibniz Institute for Preventive Research and Epidemiology in Bremen, linked the increase in cases to protection from the decline of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Zeeb also said that the location of Bremen near the Netherlands and Denmark, where Omicron is already the predominant subspecies, could be another reason for the high prevalence of the state.
Meanwhile, German leaders agreed to tighten restrictions on the hospitality sector on Friday and decided to shorten the quarantine and quarantine period for those who agreed to get boosters.
Under the new rules, only Germans who are fully vaccinated, have recovered from their illness and can provide a negative test are allowed access to the restaurant to sit and eat. Those who receive a booster shot do not need to present a negative test.
“This is a strict rule, but it is a necessary rule for better control of infection. [in the future] German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz said Friday when he confirmed the new CCP virus protocol.
Holst Eger, owner of a steakhouse in Berlin, said it makes more sense to close a restaurant for a month than to keep it open on all curbs.
“When guests come, there are usually people who haven’t been vaccinated, so we have to send out three or four again,” said Egger, who has been in the gastronomic business since 1979.
Reuters contributed to this report
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