Germany surpasses 100,000 deaths by Covid-19 with fourth wave advance in Europe

BERLIN – This Thursday, Germany surpassed the number of 100,000 deaths by Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), federal health authority, 351 deaths and 75,961 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who in December will leave the government after 16 years and will pass the job to Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, said she was “very sad” at the news.

“I just know we need more contact restrictions,” she said.

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The milestone of 100,119 deaths comes amid the advance of the fourth wave of Covid-19 in Europe. The infection rate per 100,000 population in Germany over the past seven days was 419.7 — the highest since the start of the pandemic. The day before, the value was 404.5; last week, 336.9 and in October, 110.1.

Some hospitals in Germany already face an “acute overload” of care, making it necessary to transfer infected patients to other countries, said Gernot Marx, head of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine to the AFP agency.

The vaccination rate in the country is 67.6%, a lower rate than in countries like Portugal and Spain. There are pockets of vaccine resistance mainly in eastern and southern Germany.

In an attempt to increase the vaccination rate, the government last week announced stricter restrictions on movement, such as the requirement for proof of immunization or a recent negative test to use public transport or visit the workplace. It is, however, reluctant to impose mandatory vaccinations, whether for professional sectors, as Italy did, or for the entire population, as Austria did.

Other countries in Europe have taken steps to contain the increase in cases. Italy, for example, will restrict the access of people not vaccinated against Covid-19 to some closed places. Austria made immunization mandatory for all citizens.

In Russia, given the resistance of part of the population to immunize, a group of doctors from 11 hospitals in the country made a suggestion to celebrities and anti-vaccine politicians: they invited them to visit the wards dedicated to the treatment of people infected by the new coronavirus.

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