German virologists investigate possible new variant of Covid-19 detected in a clinic in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, according to the public television ARD, quoted by the Spanish agency EFE.
73 people, including patients and medical staff, were confirmed with coronavirus. In three of these cases, it seems to be an unknown variant so far, but it has not yet been determined whether it presents a higher risk.
There has been a drop in the number of new cases in Germany in recent days, although health authorities and Angela Merkel’s government are warning of a possible expansion of the British or South African version.
Controlling the spread of these new variants on German territory is essential, because these mutations seem to be more contagious, Health Minister Jens Spahn argued today.
“They don’t seem to increase the severity of the disease. But it infects a lot more people. That means more people hospitalized and more places at ATI., “he stressed.
The total number of Covid-19-associated deaths since the beginning of the pandemic is 46,633 in Germany, and the number of infections reaches 2,040,659, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
In the last 24 hours, 7,141 new cases of Covid and 214 deaths were recorded, the lowest figures of the week.
Merkel will meet with the state prime ministers tomorrow, a week before the deadline, to analyze the evolution of the pandemic.
Both the government and the heads of state are considering a possible extension of restrictions or the imposition of new measures, including at night. Moreover, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said the current situation could last until mid-February.
At this time, educational institutions (with some exceptions), non-essential shops, restaurants are closed and cultural and recreational activities are suspended.
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