After weeks of harsh restrictions, Germany finally registers positive figures in the fight against the coronavirus. The number of new infections and admissions to intensive care units have begun to decline. A sign that the latest batch of measures imposed by Angela Merkel and regional heads are paying off.
But the German chancellor has not yet proclaimed victory. As the death toll remains high and virus mutations threaten to sweep away the latest advances.
“The more cases we have in the world, that is, in Germany and Europe as well, the greater the probability of mutations. Therefore, to avoid them, it makes a lot of sense to keep the number of infections as low as possible. Because if the virus only exists in small amounts, it will not resort to mutations, “Merkel said.
The goal is to stop the third wave before it reaches its peak. For this, Merkel is willing to take forceful measures, such as establishing a control at the German borders.
The policy considered that the German citizens “would not understand, with reason”, that a neighboring country applied fewer restrictions to public life than those in force in Germany and at the same time the borders were kept open without restrictions.
Our correspondent, Katy Brady, explains that “Angela Merkel has defended this Thursday at the new telematics summit of the European Union the implementation of tough restrictions to combat the pandemic. In Germany there are two scenarios, says Merkel. New cases are finally decreasing but the daily death toll remains frighteningly high. “
Merkel also highlighted the new variants of COVID-19 that are the subject of discussion within the European Union this week. It wants to avoid border controls at all costs, but if neighboring countries do not act decisively enough then the option will remain on the table.
Germany in figures
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology reported this Thursday more than a thousand fatalities in 24 hours (1,013), and 20,398 new infections, although also the lowest cumulative incidence in seven days since November 1 (119.0 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants).
The number of positives since the first contagion was announced in the country at the end of January last year totals 2,088,400 and the number of deaths, 49,783.
Since December 26, the number of people who have already received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine in Germany amounts to 1,254,760, which corresponds to a 1.5% share, while 42,670 people already have been vaccinated for the second time.