Germany records continuing surge in COVID-19 incidence

BERLIN, Germany – Germany's seven-day COVID-19 incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued to rise and reached 375.7, up from 362.7 on the previous day, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported on Monday.

Daily COVID-19 infections in Germany rose to 25,255 cases, around 6,700 more than a week ago. Confirmed Omicron cases climbed to a total of 89,464 as the more contagious variant already reached a share of 44 percent of all infections at the end of last week, according to the latest RKI figures.

Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach said that further restrictions in Germany were necessary for the fight against the Omicron variant. Although the latest measures were an "important step forward," they were not enough, he told broadcaster ARD on Sunday.

Last Friday, the German and federal state governments had agreed on a so-called 2G-plus rule for the gastronomy sector, limiting access to vaccinated and recovered people with negative COVID-19 tests and people with booster vaccinations only.

According to official figures by the RKI and the Ministry of Health (BMG), around 21.1 million people in Germany are still not vaccinated.

Germany reached a vaccination rate of 71.9 percent as of Sunday, according to official figures. At least 35.6 million people also received a booster vaccination.