The increase in coronavirus infections in Germany is “worrying”. This was stated by the president of the Robert Koch Epidemiological Surveillance Institute, Lothar wieler. The expressions of the specialist join the strong speech delivered yesterday, Wednesday, December 9, by the Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The advance of the coronavirus has the German authorities on alert. This Thursday, December 10, the country registered 23,679 new cases in 24 hours and 440 deaths. “The situation is still very serious (…) has gotten worse since last weeka “, Wieler warned. Yesterday, the number of deaths from Covid-19 reached 590, a record number.
Wieler, as did the German Chancellor, assured that they are considered new restriction measures. “Yes [las actuales] they don’t work, I don’t see another possibility, “the expert stressed.
The situation remains very dire, Wieler said
“For weeks now, the number of cases has been at a very high level and right now, we even see an increase in infections“, Wieler told a press conference in Berlin. In Germany, bars, restaurants, cultural and sports centers have been closed since the beginning of November. But it seems that the measures implemented do not have the desired effect and the health authorities plan that it would be time to toughen the regulations.
The European country was presented as an example of managing the first wave of coronavirus, but he looks very punished by the second. In total, Germany recorded 1.2 million infections, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute.
Merkel’s harsh speech
In this context of strong concern on the part of the German government, Merkel delivered a harsh speech to the population in which she stated that contacts between people are still “too high” and hinted that there could be more restrictions for the Christmas holidays.
Merkel called for new restrictions to be approved until mid-January throughout Germany since the measures in force to alleviate deaths and infections by coronavirus are not effective.
If this means paying a daily price of 590 deaths, from my point of view, it is not something acceptable, said Merkel
“There is too much contact“Among the people, said the chancellor, citing as an example the food stalls installed in the traditional Christmas markets.” I’m really sorry, but if this means paying a daily price of 590 deaths, from my point of view, it is not something acceptable “, sentenced the chancellor.
Merkel considered “justified” the proposals of a group of experts that promote the closure between Christmas and mid-January of all non-food stores as well as schools. “We must do everything” to avoid “an exponential progression” of the number of cases, insisted the chancellor.
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