Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has advocated the continuation of the current strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic in Germany. In the ZDF program “Berlin direkt” broadcast on Sunday evening, the SPD politician pointed out that in contrast to other countries where restrictions are gradually being lifted, Germany has the second highest population age in Europe. Therefore, a cautious approach to loosening restrictions is advisable.
The peak of the wave of coronavirus infections in Germany is likely in mid-February
Germany’s health minister expects the peak of the wave of coronavirus infections to be in mid-February, when several hundred thousand new infections will occur daily. He added that once that period is behind Germany will come the time to gradually lift restrictions.
Lauterbach believes that more variants of the coronavirus will emerge because there are still too many people in the world who can get infected. He fears problems will return in the fall.
Controversy over shortening of recovery status
The SPD politician also commented on the reduction of the validity period of the orphan status from six months to three months. He explained that after three months of contracting the disease, there is no longer effective protection against further infection. With the Omicron variant spreading rapidly, it was necessary to act quickly in order to reduce the number of infections and ensure safety, especially for those in risk groups. Hence, it was necessary to immediately change the regulations in this regard.