Germany's ICUs to hit "new peak" around Christmas, says health minister

Germany's ICUs to hit "new peak" around Christmas, says health minister

Intensive care units (ICUs) in Germany will “reach a new peak around Christmas,” outgoing Health Minister Jens Spahn said at a press conference in Berlin on Friday as the country grapples with a spiraling wave of infections linked to unvaccinated people.<br /> <br /> There are currently 4,800 people with Covid-19 in intensive care, Spahn said, adding that more severely ill patients are expected to be treated at ICUs, over the next few weeks. <br /> <br /> “If all adults in Germany were vaccinated, we would not be in this situation,” Spahn said, adding that there’s an “enormous burden on doctors and nursing staff” and that that pictures of Covid-19 patients being transferred from hotspot areas by the German air force were “very worrying.”<br /> Spahn also said Germany has enough vaccine to reach its goal of administering 30 million booster shots by Christmas. Around 10 million of the 55 million vaccinated adults in Germany have received a booster shot, he said.<br /> <br /> “We don't have a day to lose,” the head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, said alongside Spahn, warning that there will be a rise in coronavirus-related deaths in the next few weeks. “We must bring down the caseload of daily new infections as well as the incidence rate to break Germany's fourth wave.” <br /> <br /> Wieler also explained that some areas were struggling to report real-time Covid-19 data because they were overwhelmed by the high number of cases. Testing centers and federal health authorities in hotspot areas were unable to submit data on time, potentially affecting Germany’s overall daily Covid-19 numbers, Wieler said.