RKI: “The proportion of the omicron subline BA.5 was 50% in week 23, it has become the dominant variant. The strong proportional increase of this variant together with BA.4 and BA.2.12.1 continues.”
The nationwide 7-day incidence increased further in calendar week (KW) 24 compared to the previous week (+ 23%). The number of transmitted infections has increased by about 75,000 cases in the last week compared to the previous week.
The 7-day incidence increased in week 24 compared to the previous week in all age groups. The most significant increase was in the 70 to 79 age group at 32%. The number of outbreaks in old people’s and nursing homes and in medical treatment facilities has increased compared to the previous week.
In Germany, the omicron variant has been dominating for the last five months with currently more than 99%. The proportion of the omicron subline BA.5 was 50% in week 23, it has become the dominant variant. The strong proportional increase of this variant together with BA.4 and BA.2.12.1 continues.
Figure 2 shows the number of COVID-19 cases reported to the RKI per reporting week since the beginning of the pandemic in Germany in MW 10/2020. In the right quarter of the figure, the delta wave (fourth wave) before the turn of the year 2021/2022 and the two-peak omicron wave (fifth wave) afterwards are clearly visible. Up until MW 21/2022, the number of cases fell for ten weeks in a row. The number of cases has been increasing again since MW 22/2022.