MADRID, 11 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The new coronavirus pandemic originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan has left 29,875 new cases and 598 deaths in Germany in the last 24 hours, marking a new daily death record and bringing the total to 1.27 million infected people and more than 20,900 fatalities, according to the balance published this Friday by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German government agency in charge of the control of infectious diseases.
With the new data, the balance of the pandemic in German territory amounts to 1,272,078 infected people and 20,970 fatalities. In terms of recoveries, the figure rises to 942,100 people cured, including 20,000 who have been discharged in the last 24 hours.
The German regions most affected by the pandemic are North Rhine-Westphalia (305,464 cases and 4,346 deaths), Bavaria (248,679 infected and 4,883 deaths) and Baden-Württemberg (179,610 positives and 3,293 fatalities). In Berlin the balance rises to 76,204 infected people and 768 deaths.
Thus, the president of the RKI, Lothar Wieler, spoke out this Thursday against making the measures more flexible to stop the coronavirus pandemic on the occasion of the Christmas holidays.
“I believe that the important measure is to really avoid that there is a relaxation around Christmas,” he said, and later warned that with such relaxations the course of the infection would acquire a dynamic difficult to control. “That is an important aspect, that this does not really happen,” he stressed.
According to Wieler, regardless of the decisions made on the political level, he only has to appeal to each citizen to limit contacts as much as possible and call each one to protect himself. Given that Germany’s level of education is high, he advocated that everyone take fate in their own hands.
The chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the prime ministers of the federal states agreed at the end of November that between December 23 and January 1, meetings of up to ten people “from the closest circle of family or friends” will be possible.
However, some regional governments are already deviating from this rule and do not want to relax the current restrictions to prevent the number of infections from continuing to increase.
This Wednesday, Merkel called on German citizens to make an additional sacrifice during the Christmas holidays to stop the spread of the pandemic. “We have to make one more effort,” he stressed in a speech in the Bundestag.
The chancellor explained that the correct way to stop the pandemic is to reduce contacts between people and pointed out that although schools will remain open, school holidays will come early and non-essential shops will remain closed. “We have already spent too many months with the virus and we have learned that we can do something against it,” he said.
Merkel said that vaccination against the coronavirus will begin in the first quarter of 2021 but warned that the country will not be able to complete the immunization process during the winter, so the evolution of the pandemic will not change.
“What will people say when they remember an unprecedented episode in a century if we cannot find a solution?” The Chancellor said, visibly moved. “If we have too many contacts before Christmas and it turns out that it is the last Christmas with the grandparents, we will have lost an opportunity,” he warned. “We should be careful not to destroy too many human lives and keep the economy going,” he concluded.