More than 100,000 people died from COVID-19 and a record of daily infections. Germany crosses its most violent wave since the beginning of the pandemic, the main challenge of the new government that is preparing to assume power.
In the last 24 hours, the country registered 351 new deaths, which is the global one since the entry of the coronavirus 110,119 deceased, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute of the federal government.
This institution also reported 75,961 new infections, a new daily record for the leading economy in the euro zone. The incidence also reaches a new record with 419.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.
The pandemic It emerges as the main challenge for the new government coalition that must take the reins in December after the agreement announced between Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals.
“The situation is serious“Admitted the Social Democratic leader on Wednesday Olaf Scholz that he must become the future chancellor of Germany by taking over from the conservative Angela Merkel.
The outbreak spreads throughout the continent, currently the region of the world most affected by the pandemic with more than 2.5 million cases and almost 30,000 deaths in a week.
And the situation is especially worse in countries with lower vaccination rates such as Germany or your neighbor Austria where the Government reintroduced the confinement of the population.
In the German case, the percentage of the population completely vaccinated is around 69% below other large European countries such as Spain, France or Italy.
Hospitals in certain regions already face “an acute overload” that makes it necessary to transfer patients, he warned last Monday Gernot Marx President of the German Federation of Intensive Care Physicians.
For now, the future government coalition discards the idea of a national confinement and is committed to the generalization of a health certificate in transport and access restrictions for the unvaccinated to certain places.
Scholz also indicated that Germany had to “study” a possible “extension” of the obligation to be vaccinated, currently in force in the Army and in health and care establishments.
It also pledged to unlock € 1 billion ($ 1.12 billion) for healthcare personnel.
The outgoing Government of Angela Merkel In coalition with the Social Democrats, it extended on Wednesday until April 2022 the aid granted to companies affected by the closures and falls in income due to the pandemic.
The section of the World Health Organization in Europe, it warned that the coronavirus could cause an additional 700,000 deaths on the continent until the boreal spring.
The institution attributes this European wave to the combination of the prevalence of Delta variant insufficient coverage of vaccines and relaxation of restrictions.
In the European Union, 67.7% of the population has received at least two doses of the vaccine although the differences are notorious. According to figures from Tuesday, only 24.2% of Bulgarians are immunized, against 86.7% of Portuguese.
Europe must take “urgently” measures to try to stop this wave, warned the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the EU health agency in charge of epidemics.
Several countries have already tightened their restrictions, although this has recently sparked protests in countries such as Austria, Belgium or the Netherlands, sometimes violent.