The German health authorities have reported this Wednesday that the country has registered in the last 24 hours another 66,884 cases of coronavirus, while the cumulative incidence at seven days reaches a record figure of 404.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
In addition, to these figures we must add the death of 335 people, which places the total at 99,768 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, while the positive cases approach the 5.5 million.
The country is facing an upturn in infections that has set off alarms, and that is that just a month ago the incidence was around 85 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Furthermore, the authorities fear that the number of cases is even higher since many of the positives are not reported.
The director of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar wieler, alerted a few days ago that “If the reduction of contacts and vaccination are not intensively successful” the country would effectively enter a “fifth wave”.
“The vaccine is the way out of the pandemic“Wieler emphasized, who nevertheless pointed out that” other measures cannot be completely neglected for this reason.
However, several Prime Ministers of the Länder have recently spoken in favor of the introduction the mandatory nature of the vaccine, although the acting Minister of Health, Jens spahn, has been skeptical and has stressed that it is not only a legal question, but also the relationship between the state and the citizen.
For their part, several federal states have announced this Tuesday nNew restrictions and even the imposition of curfews and the return to virtual classes.
The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, has described the situation of the pandemic in the country as “Dramatic”, has insisted that it is a “emergency” and has alerted that the vaccination rate is not enough to stop the increase in infections.
(With information from Europa Press)