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Germany surpasses 100,000 deaths by covid-19 and has daily record of cases

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Over 100,000 people (110,119) died of Covid-19 To Germany since the start of the pandemic, informed the Robert Koch Institute this Thursday 25, after having counted 351 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The European country has become the 13th nation in the world to surpass the bar, while going through its worst time considering the number of people infected – a scenario it is trying to contain with the reactivation of restrictive measures and the extension of its vaccination campaign.

The institute also recorded 75,961 new cases of the disease, a new daily record for the euro area’s largest economy. The unprecedented resurgence of infections also caused the moving average (last seven days) to peak at 419.7 infections per 100,000 population.

“The day we have to mourn 100,000 victims of the coronavirus is a sad day,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference, in which she also called on the next government to quickly impose distancing measures social to slow the exponential growth curve of the number. contagion. Olaf Scholz, the Social Democratic leader who is expected to succeed Merkel in December admitted that “the situation is dire”. The pandemic will be the main, or at least the most immediate, challenge for his government.

The current pandemic scenario worries more and more the authorities of the country, who fear the saturation of the health network. “People who get sick today become intensive care patients within 10 to 14 days (…) so it is crucial to ensure that our hospitals do not become overcrowded,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the time. of a press conference.

But hospitals are warning that intensive care beds are running out and nearly 4,000 are occupied by patients with covid-19. Given the situation, some hospitals in the south and east of the country have already started transferring patients to other regions.

“In some areas, hospitals are already facing an ‘acute overload’ that requires the transfer of patients,” warned Gernot Marx, president of the German Federation of Intensive Care Physicians.

Several regions have again put in place severe restrictions to contain the fourth wave of the coronavirus, the most serious in the country, which has a vaccination rate of 69%, lower than that of other European countries.

Scholz indicated that Germany must “study a possible extension” of the vaccination obligation currently in force in the army and health establishments.

The new coronavirus has spread across Europe, which is currently the region of the world worst affected by the pandemic. There have been over 2.5 million cases and nearly 30,000 deaths in one week.

The 13 countries that have already exceeded 100,000 deaths by covid: USA, 775,000 deaths; Brazil, 613,000; India, 466,000; Mexico, 292,000; Russia, 262,000; Peru, 200,000; United Kingdom, 144,000; Indonesia, 143,000; Italy, 133,000, Iran, 129,000; Colombia, 128 thousand; France, 119 thousand; Argentina, 116,000; Germany, 100 thousand

Vaccination below expectations

The situation is more serious in countries where vaccination rates against covid-19 are lower than expected, such as in Germany and its neighbors Austria, where the government resumed containment of the population (the fourth since the start of the pandemic).

The fully vaccinated population rate in Germany is 67% lower than that of other European countries such as Portugal (87%), Spain (80%), Italy (72%) and France (69%) , according to data from “Our World in Data”.

But the percentage of Germans vaccinated is similar to that of the UK (67%) and the EU average (66%) and higher than that of Austria (64%) and countries like Brazil. (60%) and the United States (57%).

Saxony, the northeastern state of the country with the lowest vaccination rate (57%), on Thursday became the first German region to record a weekly number of confirmed cases greater than 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Covid-19 in Europe

The European department of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday 25 that covid-19 could kill 700,000 on the continent until March.

WHO attributes the new wave of Covid-19 in Europe to the proliferation of the delta variant, insufficient vaccination coverage and easing of restrictions.

Although 67% of EU residents are fully vaccinated, the differences between countries are noticeable: only 24% of Bulgarians took both doses, compared to 87% of Portuguese.

Several countries are stepping up restrictive measures, and they have sparked protests – some violent – in countries like Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Measures against the virus

For the moment, the future government coalition has ruled out the adoption of national containment in Germany and is betting on the use of the vaccination certificate in transport and on the restriction of access of unvaccinated people to certain places.

Scholz said the country should “study” a possible extension of compulsory vaccination, which is currently in force in the military and health facilities.

Angela Merkel’s government, which already includes the Social Democrats, has extended until April 2022 aid to companies affected by closures and declining revenues due to the pandemic./ AP, AFP and REUTERS



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