Germany confirms 64,500 new infections and 378 deaths in the last hours

Merkel dedicates her last message to ask the population to be vaccinated against this “treacherous virus”

MADRID, 4 (.)

The German authorities have reported this Saturday of another 64,510 infections in the last day, after exceeding the six million total affected since the start of the pandemic the day before.

According to data from the Robert Koch Institute, the government body in charge of controlling infectious diseases, the total number of infected has reached 6,116,070, of which 102,946 have lost their lives, 378 since Friday.

In this sense, the incidence rate already reached 442.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last week, with a total of 368,123 cases during the last seven days.

MERKEL SAYS GOODBYE WITH A CALL TO VACCINATION

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has dedicated her weekly message this Saturday, the last of her 16 years in office, to asking unvaccinated Germans to receive the guideline to save, as far as possible, “the difficult weeks” they await. to the country.

“Go get vaccinated,” Merkel said on her latest weekly podcast as chancellor. “Whether it’s your first vaccination or a booster, all vaccines help. Take this treacherous virus seriously,” according to the leader. “We are in the middle of this fourth wave of the pandemic in a very serious situation, in some parts of our country it can only be described as dramatic,” he added.

“If we can achieve the highest possible vaccination rate, we can put this pandemic behind us,” Merkel requested in the broadcast.

The chancellor began broadcasting weekly video messages as head of the federal government to German citizens in June 2006 and has exceeded 600. Today’s is the last, because Olaf Scholz is scheduled to be appointed as the new chancellor of Germany next week. at the end of a decade and a half of the Angela Merkel era.

In one of her latest decisions at the head of the German Government, Merkel announced on Thursday a battery of new restrictions to face the spike in infections that the country is experiencing, among which the prohibition of access to shops and restaurants, cultural events and activities stands out. leisure to those who are not vaccinated.

The Chancellor reported the new restrictions after a meeting between state and federal authorities, where it was decided that the so-called 2G standard, which is already in force in some states, be applied at the national level.

On the other hand, the authorities have also decided that the masks will be mandatory in all schools, while the discos will be closed when the incidence in seven days reaches 350 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Likewise, the number of participants in sporting, cultural and other large events will be restricted to a maximum of 30 or 50 percent of the capacity.

NEW RESTRICTIONS

Despite restrictions at the federal level announced by Merkel on Friday, some states have already announced that they will further toughen measures to deal with the fourth wave of coronavirus.

In the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, restaurants must be tested negative for COVID-19 even if customers are vaccinated or have recovered from the disease. This measure will take effect on Saturday, when the capacity will also be limited in large concentrations, such as in football matches, which can only be attended by 750 people.

Lower Saxony has also introduced this “vaccine plus proof” system for almost all areas of public life, as well as more restrictive capacity limitations.

In the case of North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany, the authorities have indicated this Friday that they will adhere to the national regulations, which will take effect this Saturday.

The resurgence of the pandemic has materialized this Friday with the death of 18 people in a nursing home in the state of Thuringia, among which 14 did not have any of the doses of the vaccines. According to the DPA news agency, apparently the residents’ relatives had advised them not to get vaccinated.

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