Omicron: Germany records highest COVID daily death toll in nine months

People queue up in front of the vaccination centre in Berlin. (Getty)

Germany has recorded its highest daily COVID death toll in nine months as the Omicron variant spreads in Europe.

Hospitals have warned the country could have 6,000 people in intensive care by Christmas, above last winter’s peak.

Germany reported 67,186 new COVID cases on Wednesday, up 302 from a week ago, and 446 deaths – the highest daily figure since 18 February, bringing the overall death toll to 101,790.

In total, four people in southern Germany have tested positive for the newly identified Omicron coronavirus variant.

Watch: EU chief mulls mandatory Covid jabs as Omicron fears deepen

Europe is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases and a growing number of infections due to the Omicron variant.

The new strain has already been identified in at least 11 countries, including Germany, the UK, Spain and Netherlands.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has labelled it a variant of concern and it has concerned scientists due to its multiple mutations.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday the challenge posed by the strain was a “race against time,” urging all involved to “prepare for the worst.”

She told a news conference: “You have read about the multiple mutations and what that might be, and we know from our experience with the Delta data variant that it is a race against time.”

Von der Leyen said EU countries should consider mandatory vaccinations because there were many who had not received a shot.

Germany looks set to reach a peak of its fourth wave of COVID-19 infections by mid-December that could mean 6,000 intensive care beds will be occupied by Christmas, the country's association for intensive care medicine said.

Around 4,600 intensive care beds are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients, compared with a previous high of 5,745 on 3 January when Germany was in a full lockdown.

However, the country's association for intensive care medicine (DIVI) said a shortage of nursing staff means Germany now only has about 9,000 beds where patients can receive artificial respiration, down from 12,000 a year ago.

COVID infections in Germany had skyrocketed. (Getty)

Andreas Schuppert, a forecaster for DIVI told a news conference he was “moderately optimistic” the peak in new cases would come in the next two weeks, but that would take time to feed through to hospitals.

Germany's federal and regional governments agreed on Tuesday to take action, including stepping up the vaccination campaign and restricting contact, especially for unvaccinated people.

Already criticised by scientists for acting too late, the leaders agreed to take firm decisions on Thursday on proposals such as compelling customers to show proof of vaccination or recovery in shops and limiting numbers of people at big events.

Watch: Border and travel restrictions tighten over Omicron variant

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Data Bill waivers sought by govt worry Indian IT firms

New Delhi: The information technology sector will petition the government over concerns that the broad exemptions sought by lawmakers in the proposed Data Protection Bill will adversely impact the fortunes ... Read more »

Meta partners FICCI to support 5 lakh women-led SMBs in India

Social media giant Meta on Friday said it has, under its #SheMeansBusiness programme, partnered with industry body FICCI to support five lakh women-led small businesses across India. The announcement was ... Read more »

Haryana govt allows opening of cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes with 50 pc seating capacity

The Haryana government on Friday eased some Covid-related restrictions in the state, allowing the opening of all cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes with 50 percent seating capacity, a government order ... Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra will reportedly come with 45W fast charging support

Samsung is expected to announce the next-generation Galaxy S series flagship smartphones on February 9. Ahead of the official launch, the rumour mill has been abuzz with the leaks and ... Read more »

Elden Ring director says It Takes Two was the last game to stick with him

Elden Ring director Hidetaka Miyazaki has said the last game to leave an impression on him was co-operative platformer It Takes Two. Speaking about Elden Ring on the official PlayStation ... Read more »

Sea of Thieves is becoming more story-driven in 2022 - and I can't wait

I’ve always found there are two types of Sea of Thieves players: the ones who take it seriously and the ones who simply want to drink grog and aimlessly sail ... Read more »

The Microsoft Teams empire is about to expand even further

Microsoft has launched a new initiative designed to attract even more customers to its collaboration platform, Teams. As described in a Microsoft blog post, the company is kickstarting a device ... Read more »

FAA clears Verizon and AT&T to turn on more 5G cell towers

Federal safety regulators say they have cleared the way for Verizon and AT&T to power up more towers for new 5G service without causing radio interference with airplanes. The Federal ... Read more »

8 of the best Kate Spade bags you can buy right now

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. You know a Kate Spade bag when you see one: equal ... Read more »

This Brooklyn Bedding mattress sale is too good to miss—save 20% now

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. If you’ve been thinking about updating your sleep setup, today’s the ... Read more »

6 types of Windows malware to watch out for - and how to remove them

Windows is the most prevalent desktop operating system in the world, and therefore PCs running Microsoft’s OS are most often targeted by cybercriminals and their various strains of malware. While ... Read more »

Epic Super Bowl TV deal: Samsung's 75-inch QLED TV drops to record-low price

Super Bowl TV deals have landed at Samsung, and we’ve just spotted a massive discount on this stunning QLED TV. For a limited time, you can get Samsung’s 75-inch Neo ... Read more »

Burkina Faso vs Tunisia live stream: watch AFCON online from anywhere

Tunisia have a chance of moving one step closer to glory with this intriguing AFCON quarter-final clash with Burkina Faso. Having pulled off the major giant-killing shock of knocking out ... Read more »

UK records 89,176 Covid cases and 277 deaths in latest daily figures

© Evening Standard es-breakingnews.jpg The UK reported 89,176 Covid cases and 277 deaths on Friday, latest daily figures show. The rise in infections marks a jump of 12 per cent ... Read more »

Top 3 Tekno Berita Hari Ini: Gejala Khas Pasien Omicron, Mengunci Layar WhatsApp

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Top 3 Tekno Berita Hari Ini, Jumat 28 Januari 2022, dipuncaki artikel berisi penjelasan tentang gejala khas pasien Covid-19 varian Omicron. Penjelasan diberikan dokter spesialis paru di ... Read more »

TikTok and Instagram pull ads by mental health company that linked ADHD to obesity

Meta and TikTok removed advertisements from a mental health care startup after the ads promoted harmful and misleading health information, NBC News reported. Cerebral, a mental health company that hired ... Read more »

UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships 2022 free live stream: how to watch cycling online from anywhere

The 2022 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships sees the competition take place outside Europe for only the second time in the event’s 72-year history. Prepare for some mud-spattered action as the ... Read more »

7 new movies and TV shows on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max and more this weekend

It’s been a busy old month for television. In the last few weeks alone, we’ve seen the likes of Peacemaker, The Book of Boba Fett, Euphoria season 2 and Ozark ... Read more »

Nokia breaks Standalone 5G record using 'world first' technique

Nokia, China Mobile (CMCC) and MediaTek have achieved a record 5G Standalone (5G SA) speed of 3Gbps thanks to the world’s first test of three component carrier aggregation technology. Nearly ... Read more »

Bye-bye Spotify? How to delete your Spotify account, and where to go next to stream music

Are you ready to keep on rockin’ in the free world without Spotify? On Wednesday, Spotify agreed to pull rock icon Neil Young’s music from the streaming service after he ... Read more »

Chilling CCTV captures rapist carrying victim along street before attack

Watch: Rapist caught on camera carrying victim through streets before attack This chilling CCTV footage captures the moment a rapist carries his victim through a city centre in the early ... Read more »

Kerala reports 4,547 new Covid-19 cases

Kerala reported 4,547 new covid-19 cases and 57 related deaths on Monday, taking the total affected in the state to 50,65,619 and the death toll to 35,877. The state health ... Read more »

Here's why it's still too early to worry about 8K TVs

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Don’t look now, but even though you may have just recently ... Read more »

Quantum Computing Threatens Everything — Could it be Worse Than the Apocalypse?

What is a quantum computer? A quantum computer is a machine that uses the laws of quantum theory to solve problems made harder by Moore’s law (the number of transistors ... Read more »

Technological Advances Bring New Cyber Risks. Here's How to Mitigate Them.

Technology can be a wonderful thing. Properly utilized, advanced technology solutions allow us to better engage our customers, streamline ordering and invoicing processes, and increase the efficiency of our audit ... Read more »

Delta dominates Covid third wave in Karnataka, shows genome sequenced samples: Minister

The deadly delta strain that had wreaked havoc during the second wave continues to dominate in the third wave of COVID in Karnataka, according to Karnataka Health Minister Dr K ... Read more »

TikTok owner ByteDance tests metaverse-like social network with new app Party Island

ByteDance, owner of short-video sharing app TikTok and its Chinese sibling Douyin, has launched a social app in China that allows users to interact in a virtual community through avatars, ... Read more »

Intel bags major victory in decade-long court battle over its rivalry with AMD

Intel has won an appeal against a penalty worth $1.2 billion handed out twelve years ago in relation to an EU antitrust investigation. The original claim, levelled by the European ... Read more »

A dirty secret: RPA is not designed for process automation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has had a lot of deserved success in businesses seeking to carry out basic, repetitive tasks ordinarily handled manually; think about filling out forms, extracting data ... Read more »

Quick - the Apple Watch SE is on sale for just $249 in fantastic deal at Amazon

If you’re looking to pick up a cheap Apple Watch deal, then Amazon has you covered. We’ve just spotted the already affordable Apple Watch SE on sale for just $249 ... Read more »

Real-time comms outage can cost - it's time for a back-up plan

When Facebook suffered its worst outage in its history at the start of October, more than $50bn was wiped off its value in an instant. Not only were billions of ... Read more »

iOS 15.4 brings beans, bubbles, and dozens of other emoji to iPhone

The first iOS 15.4 beta has landed, and while it comes with a number of new features, the most exciting aspect for many iPhone users might be its new emoji. ... Read more »

China to build space centre, more satellites for Pakistan

China on Friday announced plans to boost space cooperation with Pakistan, including the development of a space centre and launching of more satellites for its all-weather ally. Pakistan figures many ... Read more »

Amina Faye death: Parents jailed after baby died with more than 60 broken bones in 'despicable' abuse case

A couple have been jailed after leaving their eight-week-old baby with more than 60 broken bones before she died. Benjamin O'Shea, 26, and Naomi Johnson, 24, claimed paramedics caused the ... Read more »

Honor MWC 2022 event set for February 28: Here's what the company is expected to launch

NEW DELHI: Honor has scheduled the global launch event at the Mobile World Congress 2022 on February 28. The invite shared by the company reads, “oin us at MWC Barcelona ... Read more »

Epic Games to continue giving free games in 2022

Fortnite developer Epic Games has confirmed that it will continue to give games away in 2022.Some of the games Epic has offered in the past have been quite notable, including ... Read more »

Theresa May weighs in on Boris Johnson Partygate scandal - 'Nobody is above the law'

Former prime minister Theresa May said, like the public, she was “angry” to hear reports of suspected rule-breaking in Number 10. (PA Images) Theresa May has weighed in on the ... Read more »

Sir David Attenborough spiked by cactus on The Green Planet

The Teddy Bear Cholla cactus has the ultimate protection – a fuzzy coating of vicious spines, and Sir David Attenborough found out the hard way when filming The Green Planet ... Read more »

Team GB's biggest medal prospects at Beijing Winter Olympics

Team GB will take a squad of 50 athletes to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, with an expected medal range of between three and seven which could conceivably deliver the ... Read more »

Sally Lindsay on being inspired by Reese Witherspoon and female trailblazers, co-parenting with her husband Steve White, and working hard to make a name for herself on Coronation Street

Kate chats to trailblazing actor, producer and writer Sally Lindsay about being the Reese Witherspoon of the North, her marriage to drummer Steve White, and working hard to prove herself ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic