New variant of coronavirus detected in Berlin

New variant of coronavirus detected in Berlin

The new coronavirus variant known from Great Britain has been detected in Berlin for the first time.


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An undated electron micrograph of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

This was announced by the Senate Department of Health on Friday (08 January 2021). The affected person and two other affected contact persons have since recovered. The patient is said to have previously been in the UK, according to the Senate. The doctors and the health department are now investigating the possibility of two other possible contact persons before the patient was isolated.

Robert Koch Institute expects further cases

The corona mutation from England was detected in Germany for the first time on Christmas Eve. A woman in Baden-Württemberg, who had traveled from Great Britain, was affected. In the meantime, corresponding individual cases have been detected in other German states, such as Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia. However, the Robert Koch Institute expects further cases to be added.

New corona variant probably more contagious

As things stand, the mutation is probably more contagious than earlier forms. Experts therefore fear that the spread could make it more difficult to combat the pandemic.
Because of the new virus variant, entry from Great Britain was stopped at several German airports in December. Viruses are constantly undergoing random changes in their genetic material, known as mutations. Some of them give the pathogen advantages - for example, by making it easier to transmit. In December, the new variant of the coronavirus (B.1.1.7) was detected in Great Britain and a similar one (501Y.V2) in South Africa.

Vaccine delivery on Friday: 29 250 doses

Berlin received another delivery of Corona vaccine on Friday afternoon. Provided were 29 250 doses. Now the distribution to the mobile teams and vaccination centers is calculated, said a spokesman for the Senate Health Administration. However, there is still no date for the opening of a second Berlin vaccination center, he added. A first planned vaccine delivery in January had failed. Berlin already received 58,500 vaccine doses in December. Half of these will be stored so that the second vaccination can be administered three weeks after the first.

26 406 doses of vaccine injected so far

According to the Robert Koch Institute, 26,406 doses have already been injected in Berlin. In the process, 16,773 nursing home residents have been given the first dose - which corresponds to around half of this particularly vulnerable group. They receive the vaccination through mobile services. By mid-February, the capital will gradually receive a total of 234,000 Biontech doses, including deliveries from the previous year.

Corona numbers in Berlin on the rise again

Meanwhile, the number of recorded new infections increased again. The so-called seven-day incidence rose on Friday to around 171. The value indicates how many people per 100,000 inhabitants have been infected in the past seven days. Before Christmas, the value in Berlin had been well above 200 and had then fallen.
On Friday, the Senate Health Administration registered 1479 new Corona cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of infected thus grew to 105 125. 60 deaths were newly reported. This brings the number of Covid-19-related deaths in the nation's capital to 1547 since the pandemic began. The situation remains tense with regard to the occupancy of intensive care beds with Covid patients.
Author: dpa
Publication date: 21. May 2022
Last updated: 8. January 2021

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