Lauterbach fordert "weitere Maßnahmen" zum Brechen der Omikron-Welle

11 Jan. 2022 07:35

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has announced further measures in the fight against the Omikron variant. The newly introduced 2G-Plus regulation is not sufficient to stop the spread of the Omikron variant.

The 2G-Plus regulation decided by the federal and state governments has been in effect in the catering trade since this Monday. A restaurant or bar is only allowed to enter those who can show a daily test certificate in addition to the vaccination. All those who have already received a booster vaccination are exempt from this rule. In an interview in the ARD– Broadcast “Report from Berlin” stated the Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach that this measure was a success, but not enough to defeat Omikron, which is why “further measures will be necessary – in due course”. He emphasized that the new regulation was an “important step forward” and an “important incentive to be boosted”. When confronted with the question of whether only people with booster vaccinations can access the catering trade, Lauterbach said:

“No, that doesn’t necessarily mean, because: we can take other measures, too. But I think it is important to first give the measures that we have now taken a chance.”

Lauterbach emphasized that the citizens “have it in their own hands”, because “the more boosted people we have in society, the more difficult it is for Omikron to build a strong wave”. At the same time, the minister explained that, based on new data from the USA, there was reason to believe that unvaccinated people would get more seriously ill with Omikron, which would mean that unvaccinated people would again have to be treated more frequently in intensive care units.

The Federal Minister of Health also stated that it is currently not yet known how well the tests currently used can prove the Omikron variant: “We have a completely different problem: we do not know how well these tests work for Omikron,” which is why I did According to Lauterbach, “high pressure on a specification” will be worked on. The alternative of not testing at all due to this uncertainty is “far too dangerous”.

When asked about a possible compulsory vaccination, the Federal Minister of Health emphasized that this would not break the Omikron wave, but that a possible fifth wave in autumn could be prevented: “We can thus ensure that we do not face the same problems in autumn.” With the compulsory vaccination, according to Lauterbach, the “haunted” could be largely ended.

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