Omicron becomes dominant variant in Germany – RKI institute

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Omicron has become Germany’s dominant coronavirus variant accounting for 73.3 % of cases nationwide compared with 44.3 % seven days ago, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases wrote in its weekly report on Thursday.

The long-dominant Delta variant now accounts for just 25.9 %of cases, the RKI said.

“In the coming weeks we expect a strong increase in infections with the Omicron variant,” the RKI said.

“First studies point to a lower share of hospitalisations in those who are fully vaccinated compared to infections with the Delta variant.”

Around 72% of the population in Germany was now double vaccinated and 44% have had a booster shot, it said.

Germany earlier on Thursday reported a new record of more than 81 000 COVID-19 infections in a day as the government’s coronavirus crisis manager warned of possible bottlenecks in testing.

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