German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes her with her face protection mask off like them arrives for the National Integration Summit in the Chancellery in Berlin, on October 19, 2020.
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Germany’s Angela Merkel has described the Covid-19 situation in her country as “dramatic”, as the outgoing chancellor sees how To hang out with an infection rate That has hit An new record.
“The fourth wave hits our country” with full forceMerkel said to a… event for the association of German cities, according to a translation by Deutsche Welle and several others media outlets.
“The number of daily new infections is higher than ever before … and the daily death toll is also frightening,” she said, adding that it wasn’t too late to take up a Covid vaccine for anyone who did not have already so done.
Merkel’s comments come after Germany’s Robert Koch Institute public Health body, reported another 52,826 new cases Wednesday and another 294 dead. According to Johns Hopkins University, Germany has recorded 5.1 million cases and nearly 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 to date.
Merkel’s government and state leaders are scheduled to meet this week to discuss: possible new national restrictions.
Several states and cities have already imposed more Covid measures and have required the public until show Covid passes, die show a person’s vaccination status of if she just recovered from the virus (also commonly known as “2G rules” as they refer to of people have been vaccinated — “impfted” in German – of restored, “healed”) in order to access bars, restaurants and others public locations like movie theaters of museums.
Germany’s famous Christmas markets are another annual tradition where Covid rules be tightened. Hamburg is one of the cities die 2G . to apply rules for anyone die want to visit her main market, Reuters reported:, while the Christmas of Munich market is cancelled.
Last week, leading German virologist called Christian Drosten for urgent action die must be undertaken by the government, warning that the country could witness as many as 100,000 more deaths from the virus if nothing was done to address the spread.
While new infections are skyrocketing among the unvaccinated, especially among young people children, Covid vaccination in adults has helped keep serious infections, hospitalizations and deaths much lower than in previous Covid waves.
Germany is not alone in seeing a spike in new Covid cases with Ireland, Netherlands, Slovakia and Austria also see a wave.
The Netherlands and Austria have reintroduced partial lockdowns, with the unvaccinated are allowed to use their . do not leave homes in Austria, unless they buy food of to go? work. Ireland has also implemented new Covid rules, including an earlier closing time for bars, restaurants and clubs – less than a month after they were back to normal.
Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin also said people should work by home unless absolutely necessary. Will be vaccine proof required for cinemas and theatres.
Meanwhile, Slovakia is expected to restrict movements of die who are not vaccinated, in the midst of a “critical”situation in the hospitals of the country. Legislators will vote on the three week proposal on Thursday.
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