The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported on Wednesday that the daily number of COVID-19 cases in Germany has hit an all-time high, with 39,676 cases being reported in a single day.
As a result, the seven-day incidence rate increased to 232.1 per 100,000 people, reaching a three-day high for the third day in a row, according to the German disease control and prevention agency.
In an interview with RTL/ntv, Health Minister Jens Spahn said that “we are largely facing, at least in the critical care units in hospitals, a pandemic of the unvaccinated, and that puts the system under stress once again.”
It was reported on Wednesday that the total number of COVID-19 patients needing critical care treatment in intensive care units had reached 2,739, according to the German Intensive Care Availability Register (DIVI).
Spite of the fact that more than 300,000 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in Germany on Tuesday, and that a total of 3 million Germans have now received a booster dose, Spahn stated on Twitter that “the direction is correct, but not enough to break the momentum at this point.”
The Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) published a new recommendation on Wednesday, stating that persons under the age of 30 should be vaccinated only using BioNTech/Pfizer vaccines.
Heart muscle inflammation and pericarditis were “seen more often” in boys and young men, as well as in girls and young women under 30 years of age, following vaccination with Moderna than after immunisation with BioNTech/Pfizer, according to the Swedish Institute of Public Health (STIKO).