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Berlin (dts) – In view of the increasing number of infections, the chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, warns of further easing of the corona measures. “Anyone who talks about relaxation in times of rising R-values is acting absolutely irresponsible,” said the doctor to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday editions).
It is too early to relax. “With every relaxation there will be a significant increase in the numbers.” With a view to the seven-day incidence that has recently increased again and the R-value, which has been high again, Montgomery warned: “The incidence value shows where we are currently. The R-value shows where we are going. If the value is well above 1.0, there is a risk of exponential growth again – and that is exactly the case now. ”
The virus has reached a new level with its mutations. Not only is it more contagious, it is also likely to lead to more severe disease processes. The Robert Koch Institute gave the nationwide seven-day R-value on Sunday afternoon as 1.10, which was the third time in a row that it was above the critical level of 1.0. The seven-day incidence had also risen to over 60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
In response to the development, Montgomery called for vaccinations to be accelerated: vaccine doses that were not called up in the first priority group should now be used immediately in the second group. “We mustn’t stick to the vaccination sequence slavishly here,” warned the doctor. The world medical president also warned against using the debate about the pandemic for power and party political purposes. “Political communication about the pandemic could be better. Very often it is not about epidemiological facts, but above all about vanities. ”
He is very concerned that this development will escalate with the approaching federal election campaign. “We can’t afford that,” said Montgomery.