Stating that Omicron spreads faster and is milder than other mutations, Hesse added that deaths due to mutation are lower according to data from South Africa, the USA, and England.
Doubled it in a week! 89 percent of new cases are omicron
Professor Christian Hesse also explained that Omicron accounted for 89 percent of Covid-19 cases in the country last week. Stating that cases increased from 40 percent to 80 percent in a week, Hesse stated that the doubling of weekly incidence numbers in parallel with this is an example of the rapid spread of mutation, and compared Omicron to a tidal wave.
Hesse said that patients with the mutation are treated in the general service instead of the intensive care services. One out of every 10 people infected with Omicron and one out of every 5 people infected with Delta are hospitalized.“
Hesse also stated that if the increase in Omicron cases continues, the number of intensive care units will increase again.
Mortality rates are low
Hesse also said, “According to Robert Koch Institute’s (RKI) data, 1 out of 2,100 people infected with Omicron in the last 4 weeks died after showing symptoms. And stated that 1 out of 250 patients caught in Delta mutation died in October. The mortality rate in the Omicron mutation is 8 times less than Delta.“
Underlining that there is a clear link between the death rate and the vaccine at Omicron, Hesse said, “The risk of death for unvaccinated people is 1 in 400 people, and for vaccinated people, it is 1 in 2,600.”
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced that 135 thousand 461 new cases were detected in Germany in the last 24 hours and 179 people died. In the country, where the total number of cases reached 8 million 596 thousand 7, and 116 thousand 664 people died. The number of people caught Covid-19 in a week was determined as 642 thousand 504. The number of cases (incidence) seen in 100 thousand people per week across the country was determined as 772.7.