The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, expects the corona incidence to double within the next ten days.

"In St. Nicholas week we could have incidences between 700 and 800," the doctor told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

All measures to combat the corona pandemic that are still being taken - even contact restrictions or lockdowns - would only begin to take effect with a delay of two weeks.

The nationwide seven-day incidence indicates the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week, and has been recording new highs every day for almost three weeks.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Saturday morning, the value increased to 444.3.

"There is nothing we can do about the fact that on the day of Olaf Scholz's election for Chancellor the numbers will be dramatically high," said Montgomery.

The chairman of the World Medical Association called for a strict reduction in contacts and for the Christmas markets to be closed nationwide in order to lower the infection curve again.

"There is no point in banning the Christmas markets in one region if people then go to another where they are still open," said Montgomery.

States and municipalities should also ban larger celebrations, fireworks and private gulle on New Year's Eve.

“This not only prevents infections, but also relieves the emergency clinics.

Worry about virus variant B.1.1.529

“With regard to the virus variant B.1.1.529 newly discovered in South Africa, Montgomery said that it was a good example that the virus should not be given a chance to mutate.

It is still unclear how dangerous the new variant is, but it seems to be spreading extremely quickly.

“My great concern is that there could be a variant that is as infectious as Delta and as dangerous as Ebola.