Thursday, 15 Apr 2021

Germany heading for another lockdown? Merkel urged to enforce strict rules as cases spiral

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Today, the number of cases rose 24,300 bringing the total to 2.833 million, marking the biggest increase since January 14. The total figure of deaths also role by 201, with the overall total surpassing more than 70,000.

Now, Christian Karagiannidis, the DIVI’s scientific head, urged the German government to impose a hard lockdown for two weeks.

He also called for students and teachers to be tested twice a week as around 1,000 more patients were admitted to intensive care since the middle of March.

Figures from the DIVI found 3,680 people were in intensive care on Wednesday.

He said: “If this rate continues, we will reach the regular capacity limit in less than four weeks.

“We are not overexaggerating.

“Our warnings are driven by the figures.”

Bavaria’s Health Minister Klaus Holetschek said he would consider introducing compulsory testing for teachers and pupils.

However, he did say the willingness to get tested has not turned out to be as high as he expected.

Mr Karagiannidis also urged the government to speed up their vaccination process as around 15 percent of the population have been vaccinated.

This comes after vaccination centres across Germany are expected to close over the Easter period.

German press turned on the Chancellor and mocked her for allowing vaccination centres to close despite the country entering its third wave of the pandemic.

The nation’s largest-selling tabloid, Bild, wrote: “Chancellor Merkel and numerous experts are warning of the third corona wave.

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“Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate was the motto.

“And Germany? In some vaccination, centres prefer to take an Easter break.”

Torsten Krauel, chief commentator for German newspaper De Welt, asked: “How can that be at the beginning of the third wave?

“It sounds like the daily grind and junk, it looks like a television blackout in the middle of a Bundesliga Saturday, like a holy weekend for the fire brigade when the church roof is on fire on Sundays.”

Mr Krauel continued his attack on Ms Merkel saying the Easter break “leads to impatience that is a widespread as it is understandable”.

While states such as Bremen, Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia will continue to administer the vaccines, others in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate could close.

Ms Merkel – who was widely praised at the start of the pandemic – made a dramatic U-turn last week over plans to extend coronavirus lockdown measures until April 18.

The Chancellor admitted the decision to extend restrictions – which urged people to stay at home for five days around Easter – was a “mistake” and took full responsibility for it.

The Easter “rest-days” were originally for five days between Maundy Thursday and Easter Monday.

Europe has been criticised for its slow rollout of coronavirus vaccines whereas in the UK around 57 percent of all adults have been vaccinated.

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