German Covid data probably inadequate – minister — Analysis
German Federal Minister for Health Karl Lauterbach stated that Covid-19-related infections may be up to three times greater than the official data indicates. Omicron could also push these cases upwards.
Speaking on Wednesday, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that the country’s official Covid-19 incidence rate was vastly underestimating the scale of the problem.
Robert Koch Institute (RKI), an institute for infectious diseases, reported that Wednesday’s seven-day incidence rate was 205.5 per 100,000 people. It is the lowest recorded figure since November.
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Lauterbach stated that the true figure is probably 2 or 3 times greater than what was reported. He also noted that there were fewer workplace testing and fewer doctor-surgery visits.
Health minister noted that he was concerned about spread of Omicron-Covid-19. This has caused an increase in infection rates across Europe. He encouraged all to have a safe and happy New Year.
The RKI reinforced the minister’s comments, adding that a clear understanding of infection rates won’t be known until January 10, when testing capacity reaches pre-Christmas levels.
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