With the death toll exceeding 100,000, Merkel pushes for a German blockade

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Berlin, Germany-September 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) talks with Deputy Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Schultz.

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On Thursday, the Covid-19 crisis in Germany continued to shock the country. The grim news is that the total number of deaths has now exceeded 100,000.

However, the country’s newly appointed coalition government is currently resisting the blockade.

Germany reported a large number of new Covid cases on Thursday, with more than 75,000 new infections in the past 24 hours (up from 66,884 on Wednesday), and after the last time 351 people died from the virus, the death toll is now Reached 100,119 days.

For weeks, government officials have been watching the increasing number of cases vigilantly. According to reports, the outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Angela Merkel) pushed for implementation at a meeting with the country’s incoming coalition government on Tuesday. A two-week blockade.

According to the Bild newspaper, the new government coalition composed of the left-leaning Social Democrats and the Greens and the pro-business Liberal Democrats opposed the idea. They would rather wait to see if the stricter Covid restrictions announced last week would help Reduce infection.

Although Merkel proposed a blockade from Thursday, which would close shops, bars and restaurants, the idea was rejected by the incoming government, which said the public would think it was a “bad political trick.” According to a report by Bild on Wednesday, the old and new governments.

Compulsory vaccination

(From left to right) Christian Lindner of the German Free Democratic Party (FDP), Olaf Scholz of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), Annalene Baerbock of the Green Party and Annalene Baerbock and Robert Habeck took a group photo after showing the media the agreed alliance contract on November 24, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

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After announcing the alliance’s deal and policy ambitions on Wednesday, Schultz said that the new crown virus crisis is the government’s top priority. At the beginning of the press conference announcing the alliance agreement, he said that the virus situation in Germany is serious and that the country will expand vaccination activities, including mandatory requirements for certain people to be vaccinated.

“Vaccination is the way out of this epidemic. In institutions that care for vulnerable groups, we should make vaccination mandatory,” Schultz said, but did not specify more details.

At the same time, the incoming Finance Minister Christian Lindner said that Germans should avoid all unnecessary contact this winter, “to protect the health of all of us in this pandemic.”

In the country’s latest fourth wave of cases, Germany has tightened Covid regulations.

Many German states have restricted access to bars, restaurants, cinemas and museums and other public places under the “2G rules”, allowing only those who have been vaccinated-“geimpft” in German-or those who have recovered, “genesen” . Some major German Christmas markets that have not been cancelled this year have also adopted 2G rules.

On Wednesday, the new measures took effect, imposing “3G” rules on public transportation and anyone entering the workplace, which means that more public space is restricted to people who have been vaccinated, recently recovered, or tested negative (“getestet”).

If Germany chooses to compulsory vaccination under certain circumstances, it will not be the first to do so. Countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and Italy have adopted (or are introducing) mandatory vaccination for certain sectors (such as health care or nursing home workers).

Nevertheless, compulsory vaccination is still a difficult topic, and there are many ethical considerations, Germany may oppose this move like other countries.

read more: Is the Covid vaccine ethical?This is the idea of ​​medical experts

Germany has been trying to encourage its population to voluntarily receive the Covid vaccine, but it is one of the countries with low Covid immunization rates in Western Europe, with 68.1% of its population fully vaccinated.

Vaccine hesitation, the coming winter, and the spread of the highly contagious delta Covid variant (which is much more virulent than the previous strain) made it more difficult for Germany to control the virus pandemic this time.


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