BERLIN ( Associated Press) – Germany’s health minister said on Thursday he expects a surge in coronavirus cases around the new year and a fourth vaccine shot to help people maintain the best immune response against COVID-19. May need it.
Shortly afterwards the National Centers for Disease Control said the country had now recorded the first death of someone with the new Omron variant.
Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told public radio network WDR 2 that Germany had not yet seen a large, rapid wave of new infections from Omicron like some other European countries.
“That will change around the new year and into the first week of January,” Lauterbach said.
The National Center for Disease Control, the Robert Koch Institute, said 3,198 COVID-19 cases in Germany had been attributed to Omicron as of Wednesday, a 25% increase from the previous day. It also said that one person with Omicron had now died, though it gave no further details other than saying that the man was between 60 and 79.
The government is urging Germans to limit their contacts during the holiday period and get immunizations, including booster shots if they have already had their initial vaccines. ,