German Chancellor Angela Merkel on November 13 called on all unvaccinated Germans to be immunized against the coronavirus as soon as possible, as the state has recorded a record number of cases with COVID-19.
“If we stand together, if we think about protecting ourselves and others, we can save our country this winter,” Merkel said. She warned that “these are very difficult weeks that await us”. The Centers for Disease Control in Germany said the state infection rate has reached 277.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days.
The Robert Koch Institute reported 45,081 new infections, two days after daily cases exceeded 50,000 for the first time since the pandemic broke out. Germany has so far registered 97,617 victims with COVID-19. Despite the fact that other European countries do not have such levels of infection, the situation in Germany has caused other countries to raise the alarm.
Chancellor Merkel is expected to meet with the leaders of Germany’s 16 states next week to co-ordinate new national measures, and parliament is preparing legislation that would allow restrictions to be imposed during the winter season. Der Spiegel reports that the military wants to mobilize up to 12,000 German soldiers by Christmas to come to the aid of overcrowded hospitals, vaccination centers and testing centers.
Chancellor Merkel has also expressed concern about the high number of patients in intensive care units and the growing number of victims, especially in regions with low vaccination rates. In addition to inviting unvaccinated citizens to be vaccinated, Merkel also invited fully vaccinated citizens to receive the boost dose against COVID-19. According to her, boosting doses are “a good chance to stop the pandemic wave”.
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