29 the German federal agency for disease control and the ministry of health held a press conference on the latest epidemic situation, said although the country’s outbreak Numbers under a series of stringent blockade measures are showing a “positive to the good trend”, but also there are more and more variation will be coronavirus confirmed cases, at the same time related clustering frequent infections, very worrying.
Robert Koch Institute director Wehler said at a press conference that because there is little information about the novel coronavirus mutation, it is impossible to confirm whether vaccinators or COVID-19 survivors are still infected, so the public must be on high alert to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus mutation to cause a strong rebound in the number of infected people in Germany.
He noted that German hospitals were still stretched to their limits and that intensive care beds would be overloaded if the number of new cases started to rise again.
△ German Federal Health Minister Joanne Span (right), Robert Koch Institute Director Robert Wehler (center) and others at a press conference on the 29th. (Photo: DPA)
According to the German federal health minister Shi Pan 29 at a press conference, Germany has confirmed 150 cases infected with the mutant novel coronavirus cases.
Among them, the fastest spread is the novel coronavirus variant discovered for the first time in Britain, where the number of confirmed cases has reached 120, including 18 cases last year and 102 cases this year in less than a month.
Mutants from South Africa and Brazil have been less severe, with 27 confirmed cases and three, respectively.
However, Dr. Span acknowledged that German health authorities were late to targeting the novel coronavirus variant and are working to better monitor infections by scaling up gene sequencing.
Under the federal health ministry’s plan, if there are more than 70,000 confirmed cases across Germany in a week, at least 5% of the samples will be sequenced.
If there are fewer than 70,000 cases, at least 10% of these samples will be genetically sequenced.
At the same time, Spain said he understood the public’s impatience with the faltering vaccination effort or the frequent failure of reservation hotlines, and warned that Germany “will face a vaccine shortage for several more weeks, I am afraid,” because of lower-than-expected deliveries to the European Union.
Still, Shi Pan believes the new crown vaccine will provide hope for the country’s fight against the epidemic.
He is confident that Germany will be able to vaccinate all those over the age of 80 who want to be vaccinated in the first quarter of this year and all those who want to be vaccinated by summer.
It is worth noting that although the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is expected to approve AstraZeneca’s new crown vaccine for the European Union later in the day, Spain stressed that Germany will review the vaccine again after that, possibly to limit the age of the eligible population.
The vaccine committee of Germany’s Federal Agency for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that the AstraZeneca Neocon vaccine be given only to people aged 18 to 64, because there is no evidence that it works for people over 65.