Germany, which is facing a fourth wave of Covid-19, has to prepare for “difficult weeks and months,” the president of the Robert Koch Health Institute, which calls for tougher restrictions.
Cases of contagion increase drastically in recent days in the country. On Friday, the sanitary institute (RKI) registered 48,640 new infections and 191 deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours.
Lothar Wieler sounded the alarm. “We have to assume that the situation will continue to worsen throughout Germany” and that this evolution “cannot be stopped without new measures,” he warned at a press conference in Berlin.
Difficult weeks and months await us (…), “he said, expressing concern about an already tense situation in some hospitals, which suffer from a lack of medical personnel.
cyclist asked to limit contacts in public places and urged unvaccinated Germans – it is not mandatory to get vaccinated in Germany – to take the plunge.
Near a 67.4% of the population is fully vaccinated, a long way from the 75 percent target.
Wieler calls for both the carnival season and the traditional Christmas markets to be canceled.
At the same press conference, the Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, stated that a new confinement it should “remain an option, at least at the regional level (…)”.
Next Thursday the Government and those responsible for the regions, in charge of health matters, will meet to define the measures to be taken.
The new wave of Covid-19 It comes at a politically sensitive time. The outgoing government of the chancellor Angela Merkel he is at the forefront as a three-party coalition is formed under the leadership of the Social Democrats, winners of the last elections.