Germany set for longer lockdown as death figures spike – world news

German officials said they could not ease the blockade restrictions in early January, when they first recorded more than 1,000 deaths per day on Wednesday.

Although this figure was inflated by delayed reporting, it underscored the seriousness of the situation.

Germany, the most populous country in the European Union, closed restaurants, bars, sports and leisure facilities on November 2nd, which for some time halted the rapid increase in new infections, but failed to stop them, and authorities Has imposed a more complete closure. From December 16th, unnecessary shops and schools will be closed.

These actions will last until January 10th. Prime Minister Angela Merkel and Germany’s 16 state governors will discuss how to proceed on Tuesday.

Health Minister Jens Spahn told a press conference: “We must lament the 1,129 deaths this morning alone. A family of 1,129 will mourn this year.

“These figures show just how cruel this virus is still. But the number of deaths and infections also shows us a very long way from the normality we want.” “So I can’t figure out how to get back to pre-lock mode in this situation.”

“We expect the lockdown to continue because we can no longer take risks. Hospitals have reached their limits,” said Governor Armin Laschet of Germany’s most populous state.

In the last 24 hours, the number of deaths reported to the Robert Koch Institute, the German National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has exceeded the previous record of 962, and the total number of deaths in Germany has risen to 32,107.

Lothar Wieler, chairman of the institute, said the “most plausible explanation” of the surge in reported deaths was a delay in case reports during the Christmas holidays, followed by relatively low numbers over several days.

However, this figure is consistent with a pattern of recent deaths.

Germany had a relatively low mortality rate in the first phase of the pandemic, but in recent weeks, hundreds of deaths per day have occurred. Among the major European countries, Italy, England, France and Spain still have higher numbers of deaths.

Wieler appealed to the Germans to reduce contact to a minimum by telling the Germans “Let’s take the wind out of the viral sails together.” He said that as of Tuesday, more than 5,600 ICU patients with Silcovid-19 are currently the highest.

The Robert Koch Institute has reported 22,459 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours in Germany with 83 million inhabitants.

Germany totals 1.69 million cases.

Vaccination programs launched over the weekend in Germany and across the EU offer hope. So far, 78,109 people in Germany have received the first vaccine.

Similarly, Wieler said Germans would have to adhere to the rules of social distancing, hygiene and wearing masks for months.

“It will take several months for many people to get vaccinated and reduce the viral circulation in the population,” he said.

It is unclear exactly what action will continue after January 10th. In Germany, schools are the responsibility of the state government.

Spahn said it was “normal” to discuss what’s going on in school, but “if in doubt, I prefer too many weeks now rather than too few weeks.”