The Wendepunkt has come, and Germany finds itself near the crest of its Omicron wave. Almost 3.5% of the entire country is officially positive for SARS-2 right now. Unofficially, as many as 15% are probably infected. Hospitalisations and deaths, meanwhile, remain well below their peaks from 2021; Omicron is mild, as promised, and every day Corona fades further from the headlines. Journalists want to talk about other things all of a sudden — about Russia and Joe Biden, about Joseph Ratzinger, about the death of Götz Werner.

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