After demonstrations erupted across Europe and more broadly across the globe over the weekend, outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that the latest surge in European COVID infections is “worse than anything Germany has experienced so far … the situation is dramatic” and called for more tight restrictions to try and stop the virus from spreading again over the holidays. Learn more here and a video report below of what is happening in Germany relative to Covid.
Why Merkel is sounding the alarm.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted the fourth wave of the virus is hitting the country with “full force.” With the specter of a lockdown looming, Wieler (President of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin) said Germany will see “extremely dismal days” if measures are not taken. See the following chart to see why Merkel is sounding the alarm.
German vaccination rates.
As of November 2021, the vaccination rollout in Germany began after the approval of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine in the EU. Vaccinations are free and currently not mandatory in Germany. To be completely effective, the vaccine has to be administered in two doses, in two separate sessions. Other vaccines have also been approved in the EU since then. Learn more here about Germany’s Covid vaccination rates and the chart below.
With this reasonably high vaccination rate, did these vaccinations protect Germany from Covid? Germany is about in the middle of the pack when compared to other countries in Europe – see here.
Will Germany go into lockdown?
Not entirely just yet, but Saxony is preparing to introduce a short lockdown to deal with its soaring cases. Governor Michael Kretschmer said the state government would soon decide on a “hard and clear wave breaker,” lasting two to three weeks – see here.
Germany will introduce tighter COVID-19 curbs on unvaccinated citizens, said Chancellor Angela Merkel recently after holding a crisis meeting amid a surge in infections. Under the new rules, unvaccinated people – even if they tested negative for COVID-19 – will see their access to many public venues restricted.
In regions where there are more than three COVID-19 patients in hospital per 100,000 inhabitants, only the vaccinated and those who have recovered from the virus will be able to access public places such as restaurants or concert halls. Most regions in the country are currently above that threshold.
Europe is once again “at the epicenter” of the Covid pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, as cases soar across the continent. When looking at Covid globally, Europe tends to lead the world in the waves of Covid by 6 to 8 weeks before it spreads further.
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