RKI calls for vaccinations: nationwide seven-day incidence continues to fall

The RKI reports that the infection pressure remains high in all age groups - although the number of infections is falling again.

RKI calls for vaccinations: nationwide seven-day incidence continues to fall

The RKI reports that the infection pressure remains high in all age groups - although the number of infections is falling again. The risk of serious illness is therefore higher for unvaccinated people. The omicron subline BA.5 meanwhile displaces almost all other variants.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of reported corona infections has fallen again in the past week. The nationwide seven-day incidence is 18 percent lower than in the previous week, according to the institute's weekly report (PDF), which refers to the week August 8th to 14th. The number of registered new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants was 356 in the week. However, a high number of unreported cases can be assumed.

“Despite the decline in the number of cases, the infection pressure in the general population remains high in all age groups,” writes the RKI and once again promotes the vaccination: “Furthermore, unvaccinated people of all age groups have a significantly higher risk of a severe form of the Covid-19 disease. Illness."

Shortly before, the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) had recommended a second booster vaccination for risk groups and for people over the age of 60 to protect them from serious illness. Previously, the recommendation applied to risk groups and people over 70 years of age.

The omicron subline BA.5, which has been dominant in Germany since mid-June, has almost completely displaced other variants with a share of 95 percent in the first week of August. Their share increased again slightly, while variants BA.2 and BA.4 continued to fall to 1.1 and 3.7 percent during the week.

According to the RKI, the BA.2.75 subline, which is widespread in India among other places, has so far been detected ten times in a random sample in Germany. So far it has not been observed that BA.2.75 has a growth advantage in a BA.4/BA.5-dominated event, as in Germany.

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