There are “clear signs” that the third wave that Germany currently is in “could be even worse than the first two waves,” said RKI president Wieler.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Health Minister Spahn, Wieler appealed for people to reduce their social contacts over the Easter holidays.
Although 10% of the German population has now received a first dose of the vaccine, the gains from vaccinations are being eaten away by the high infection rate, he said.
Spahn also cautioned that the current trajectory of infections could overwhelm Germany’s hospitals in the next few weeks.
“At the moment, the figures are rising too fast and the variants are making the situation especially dangerous,” he said. “If this continues unchecked, we run the risk of our health system could reach its breaking point in April.”