In view of the increasing corona numbers, the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten is calling for more stringent measures.

"I think it will not go without a new lockdown to delay this dynamic, which has now without a doubt set in," said the Charité scientist on Tuesday in the podcast "Coronavirus Update" (on NDR- Info).

Unfortunately, the situation is "very serious and very complicated".

Germany missed a lot of opportunities to optimize the tools.

"I have the feeling that at the moment we still have to use the same tools that we used in the first wave." All that remains is the mallet, the lockdown.

“It is clear that contacts have to be reduced.” These included the private sector, the education and training sector and the workplaces.

"There are many scientific contributions that are now also related to Germany." It is wrong to say that one does not even know where the virus is transmitted.

If there is a high incidence, the population will take countermeasures of its own accord with corresponding damage.

"Then there is really damage to the economy as well."

The prediction of the models for the third corona wave was unfortunately still exceeded by nature, said Drosten.

“We got an even earlier start than the models predicted.” This week, the number of records for the British variant B.1.1.7 will reach over 90 percent.

“That is of course anything but reassuring.” The variant B.1.1.7 is also clearly more sickening and deadly than the original virus.


The variants discovered in South Africa and Brazil would still be in the range of one percent or lower in Germany.

“They didn't multiply at all.” Both can escape the immune system.

Their share is so low because there is no population immunity in Germany.

“These variants only come up if we already have immunity in the population.

Otherwise they won't benefit from their mutations. "