- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described the situation of Kovid in the country as ‘dramatic’.
- “The fourth wave is hitting our country in full force,” Merkel reportedly said at an event for the Association of German Cities.
- Germany reported more than 50,000 new cases on Wednesday.
Germany’s Angela Merkel has described the COVID-19 situation in her country as “dramatic”, as the outgoing chancellor wonders how to deal with an infection rate that has set a new record.
“The fourth wave is hitting our country in full force,” Merkel said at an event for the Association of German Cities. Translation by Deutsche Welle and many other media outlets,
“The number of daily new infections is higher than ever … and the daily death rate is appalling,” she said, adding that it was not too late for anyone who had not already done so.
Merkel’s comments come after Germany’s public health body the Robert Koch Institute reported 52,826 new cases and 294 more deaths on Wednesday. To date, Germany has recorded 5.1 million cases and nearly 100,000 fatalities from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Merkel’s government and state leaders are expected to meet this week to discuss possible new nationwide restrictions.
Many states and cities have already implemented more COVID measures and require the public to show COVID passes, which show a person’s immunization status or if they have just recovered from the virus (widely known as ” Also known as “2G rules”, as they refer to whether people are vaccinated when accessing bars, restaurants and other public places such as movie theaters or museums – “geimpft” in German – or retrieved, “Jensen”).
Germany’s famous Christmas market is another annual tradition where COVID rules are being tightened. Hamburg is one of the cities that enforces 2G rules for anyone wishing to visit its main market. Reuters reportedWhile Munich’s Christmas market has been cancelled.
Last week, leading German virologist Christian Drosten called for immediate action by the government, warning that the country could have more than 100,000 deaths from the virus if nothing is done to tackle the spread.
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While new infections are increasing among uninfected people, especially young children, COVID vaccination among adults has helped keep serious infections, hospitalizations and deaths down compared to previous COVID waves.
Germany is not the only one to see a spike in new Covid cases, with Ireland, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Austria also seeing an increase.
The Netherlands and Austria have resumed partial lockdowns, with people in Austria not allowed to leave their homes without vaccinations unless they are buying food or going to work. Ireland has also implemented new COVID rules, including earlier closures for bars, restaurants and clubs – less than a month after they returned to normal.
Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin also said that people should work from home unless it is absolutely necessary. Vaccine proof will be required for cinemas and cinemas.
Meanwhile, Slovakia is expected to restrict the movements of people who have not been vaccinated, amid a “grave” situation in the country’s hospitals. Legislators will vote on the three-week resolution on Thursday.