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Omicron washes over Germany, far exceeding anything from previous Covid-19 waves

14 January 2022 12:40 PM
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Abongile Nzelenzele
Deutsche Welle
Covid-19 in Europe
Covid-19 in Germany
Chelsey Dulaney
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Omicron
Omicron in Germany
Omicron in Europe

Abongile Nzelenzele interviews Deutsche Welle correspondent Chelsey Dulaney.
  • New infections in Germany are at an all-time high – most of them Omicron

  • Deaths and hospitalisations remain low

  • Testing capacity is stretched, and the vaccination campaign is stalling


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RELATED: Half of Europe’s 750 million people will have had Omicron by March – WHO


Omicron is surging across Europe.

More than half of the Continent’s population is likely to get infected over the next two months, according to the World Health Organisation.

Germany has set a new infection record on each day of this week.

The country is now recording more than 90 000 new cases of Covid-19 a day.

Laboratories are buckling under the weight of the number of tests they’re being asked to conduct.

Germany is unlikely to reach its goal of fully vaccinating 80% of its population.

Abongile Nzelenzele interviewed Deutsche Welle correspondent Chelsey Dulaney (scroll up to listen).

Infections… have exceeded anything we saw during the heights of previous waves… Omicron now accounts for 73% of infections, up from 43% a week ago…

Chelsey Dulaney, correspondent - Deutsche Welle

Hospitalisations… are much lower than we saw in December and November last year… It doesn’t appear to be… leading to higher death rates…

Chelsey Dulaney, correspondent - Deutsche Welle

It’s likely we’re going to continue facing shortages of testing…

Chelsey Dulaney, correspondent - Deutsche Welle

Germany has struggled to increase vaccination rates… There has been a lot of vaccine scepticism here. The vaccination rate is lower than in other parts of Europe… It’s not a problem of supply… They are picking up a bit this week… A lot of that is people getting boosters… There is pushback against the idea of vaccine mandates…

Chelsey Dulaney, correspondent - Deutsche Welle



14 January 2022 12:40 PM
Tags:
Abongile Nzelenzele
Deutsche Welle
Covid-19 in Europe
Covid-19 in Germany
Chelsey Dulaney
The Morning Review
Omicron
Omicron in Germany
Omicron in Europe

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