About 74 percent of the population, or 61.4 million, has so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Germany with at least one dose, Bild am Sonntag writes, citing government spokesman Stephen Hebestreet. The German government’s goal was to vaccinate 80 percent of the population with at least one dose by January 7, but – as Hebestreet admitted – it would not be possible to vaccinate about 5.3 million people by then.

On the second day of Christmas, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recorded 10,100 new cases of coronavirus. Because of COVID-19, 88 people have died, the national ratio of seven days per 100,000. The population has fallen to the level of 220.7.

However, the RKI warned that this data should be treated with caution due to the holiday halting the flow of information from health authorities and the low number of tests being performed.

In its latest weekly report, the institute wrote that a highly contagious variant of Omikron has already appeared in all federal states in Germany. Although most infections are still caused by the Coronavirus Delta variant, it is only a matter of time before Omikron becomes the dominant viral variant in Germany as well.

As part of combating the spread of the coronavirus, communications in private and public life will be even more limited. Discos across Germany will be closed from December 28 at the latest, and large supraregional events will be held in front of empty booths. There will be a general limit for private meetings of 10 people – even for vaccinators and therapists. Children under the age of 14 are not considered for this limit.

Some federal states (including Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) have previously introduced contact restrictions.

The Polish editorial office of Deutsche Welle

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