Merkel’s push for German lockdown reportedly blocked as death toll passes 100,000

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  • Germany’s death toll has now passed 100,000, but the country’s incoming, new coalition government is resisting the lockdown for now.
  • Germany reported a massive number of new Covid cases on Thursday, with more than 75,000 new infections.
  • After 351 more people died of the virus in the last 24 hours, the death toll now stands at 100,119.

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Germany’s COVID-19 crisis shook the country on Thursday with grim news that the total number of deaths has now crossed 100,000.

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However, the new coming coalition government of the country is currently opposing the lockdown.

Germany reported a massive number of new Covid cases on Thursday, With over 75,000 new infections in the last 24 hours (and up from 66,884 on Wednesday), while the death toll now stands at 100,119 after 351 more people died from the virus the previous day.

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Government officials have been watching the rising cases with alarm for weeks now, and the country’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly pushed for a two-week lockdown during a meeting on Tuesday with the country’s incoming coalition government.

According to Bild newspaper, the new government coalition of left-leaning Social Democrats and the Greens and pro-business Free Democrats pushed back against the idea, preferring instead to wait and see if the stricter Covid restrictions announced last week would help less. will work to do. Infection.

While Merkel proposed a lockdown to begin Thursday, with shops, bars and restaurants closed, the idea was rejected by the incoming government, who said it was a “bad political ploy” by the public. as will be explained. old and new government Bild reported on Wednesday,

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Germany’s former finance minister and vice-chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is set to become the country’s new chancellor when Merkel steps down after 16 years in office. The new coalition government is expected to take office in mid-December.

read more: Olaf Scholz replaces outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a new coalition is announced

After announcing the Coalition deal and policy ambitions on Wednesday, Scholz indicated that the COVID crisis was an immediate priority for the government. He began a news conference announcing the coalition agreement, saying the virus situation in Germany was dire and the country would expand its vaccination campaign, including making vaccines mandatory for some people.

“Vaccination is the way out of this pandemic. We should make vaccination mandatory in institutions that care for vulnerable groups,” Scholz said.

Meanwhile, incoming finance minister Christian Lindner said the Germans should avoid all unnecessary contact this winter “to preserve all of our health in this pandemic.”

Germany has already tightened COVID rules amid the latest fourth wave of cases in the country.

Several states in Germany have already restricted access to public places such as bars, restaurants, movie theaters and museums under “2G rules”, restricting access only to those known as “Gimpft” in German. ” – or has been recovered, “Jensen.” Several major German Christmas markets that have not been canceled this year have also adopted 2G rules.

On Wednesday, new measures came into force to impose “3G” rules on anyone moving on public transport and in the workplace, meaning more public places vaccinated, recently recovered, or who have tested negative ( “getset” ” )

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If Germany does opt for compulsory vaccination in some settings, it will not be the first to do so. The UK, France and Italy are among countries that have adopted (or are starting) compulsory vaccination for certain sectors, such as health care or care home workers.

Nevertheless, compulsory vaccination is a thorny topic and has many ethical considerations and Germany can expect a push back against the move, as have other countries.

Read more: Are COVID Vaccine Mandates Ethical? Here’s What Medical Experts Think

Germany has tried to encourage the voluntary uptake of COVID vaccination among its population, yet Western Europe has one of the low COVID vaccination rates with 68.1% of its population being fully vaccinated.

Vaccine hesitation, the coming winter season and the spread of the highly infectious Delta Covid variant, which is far more virulent than previous strains, make the virus more difficult at this time for Germany, a country that is widely Praises it for its initial handling. global pandemic.

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