The Government of Germany has affirmed this Wednesday that the European country will achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus in the second quarter of 2022 and has added that, in this way, it may be considered “overcome” the pandemic.
“If no new variant of the virus emerges that vaccination does not protect against, which is highly unlikely, then we will have overcome the pandemic in the spring and will be able to return to normality,” said Health Minister Jens Spahn. in statements to the newspaper ‘Augsburger Allgemeine’.
Thus, he has stressed that “herd immunity is always achieved” and has argued that “the only question is how, if through vaccination or contagion.” “Vaccination is, without a doubt, the safest way to achieve this,” he said.
Spahn also recalled that the European country had a break last year at this time and then suffered a rebound. “It is not over yet. In autumn and winter, when we are all at home much more and the immune system is less strong, the risk of contagion also increases,” he warned.
In this sense, it has pointed out that it is still too early to withdraw prevention measures and has argued that, if so, intensive care units could collapse due to the fact that the vaccination rate, which stands at 63.4 percent, not high enough yet.
The German Health Minister has also announced more efforts to investigate and treat persistent COVID.19, that is, the symptoms and effects of the virus for many weeks, a subject on which there is still no uniform clinical picture and no clear diagnosis.
On the other hand, the German authorities have indicated this Wednesday that rapid coronavirus tests will no longer be free from October 11, except for those who cannot be vaccinated, such as those under twelve years of age.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the government entity in charge of controlling infectious diseases, has indicated this Wednesday through its website that during the last 24 hours there have been 10,454 cases and 71 deaths, which places the total at 4,160 .970 and 93.123, respectively.
Thus, the cumulative incidence rate during the last seven days is 65 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with about 146,400 active cases and around 3,921,500 recovered from COVID.19.