German Chancellor Merkel urges tougher measures to deal with the fourth wave of new coronavirus

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).

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The acting Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, told Conservative Party leaders that the measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Europe’s largest economy are not enough and that stronger action is needed.

According to two participants, she told CDU leaders at a meeting: “We are in a very dramatic situation. The current situation is not enough.”

The number of cases in Germany has been soaring, especially among the elderly and children who were not eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine twice at the beginning of the year.

Approximately 79% of adults in Germany have received the Covid-19 vaccine twice, but so far, only 7.5% of adults have received booster shots because the total number of deaths from the coronavirus in Germany is close to 100,000.

Germany has decided to limit most public life in areas crowded with Covid-19 patients in hospitals to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered.

But Merkel said that neither these measures nor the increase in vaccination are enough to prevent the rapid rise of infections in the short term. She called on Germany’s 16 federal states to decide to take tough measures before Wednesday.

Neighboring Austria imposed a comprehensive Covid-19 blockade on Monday, and Germany’s Acting Minister of Health Jens Spann warned on Friday that Germany may follow suit.

Germany reported 30,643 new Covid-19 cases and 62 deaths on Monday. The incidence (the number of cases per 100,000 people in a week) was 386.5, setting a record for the 15th consecutive day.


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