The outgoing Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, urged his compatriots this Saturday to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to help turn the tide on a fourth wave of cases that he said have become “dramatic” in parts of the country.
“We are in a very serious situation. In some parts of the country it can only be described as dramatic: overcrowded intensive care units, seriously ill people who have to be flown through Germany to receive the care they need,” he said.
“That is why I urge you again to take the evil virus seriously,” Merkel said in the last of the more than 660 “podcasts” she has recorded during her time in office, before handing it over to the Social Democrat. Olaf Scholz next week.
Get yourself vaccinated. It does not matter if it is a first injection or a booster. All vaccines help, “he added.
German authorities agreed on Thursday to ban unvaccinated people from accessing all but the most essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and bakeries, and also decided to try to make vaccination mandatory.
Germany registered 64,510 new Covid-19 infections this Saturday and another 378 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 102,946.
The increase in cases of coronavirus In recent months it has been especially pronounced in the former communist east, where vaccination rates are lower and support is strong for the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which has opposed the lockdowns.
The police broke up an unauthorized protest by opponents of the restrictions on the coronavirus late on Friday in front of the home of Petra Koepping, the health minister for the eastern state of Saxony, which currently has the highest rate of new cases.