MADRID, 12 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The new coronavirus pandemic originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan has left in the last 24 hours in Germany 28,438 new cases and 496 deaths, a certain decrease compared to the historical highs of the day before but a balance that nonetheless increases the total of infections 1.3 million people and the deceased, more than 21,400.
With the new data, the balance of the pandemic in German territory amounts to 1,300,516 infected people and 21,466 deaths, a day after the record of 598 deaths per day from Thursday to Friday, according to the balance published this Saturday by the Robert Koch Institute ( RKI), the German government agency in charge of infectious disease control.
As for recoveries, the figure rises to 957,500 people cured, including 15,400 who have been discharged in the last 24 hours.
The German regions most affected by the pandemic are North Rhine-Westphalia (310,932 cases and 4,422 deaths), Bavaria (253,069 infected and 4,812 deaths) and Baden-Württemberg (182,958 positives and 3,353 fatalities). In Berlin the balance rises to 77,208 infected people and 790 deaths.
In this context, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has appealed not to wait until after Christmas to tighten current restrictions to curb the new coronavirus pandemic.
“The only possibility to get the situation under control again is a closure, but it must be put in place immediately,” said the minister, in statements published by the weekly ‘Der Spiegel’.
Seehofer has warned that if it waits until after the end of the year holidays, Germany will have to deal with high numbers of infections for months. The Interior Minister has been annoyed by the fact that the achievements made in spring, when the number of cases remained at a relatively low level, have been wasted.
In his opinion, this change in trend is due not to the fact that citizens have not been disciplined but because the measures have not been sufficient. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to meet with the 16 prime ministers of the federal states on Sunday to discuss a common position at the national level.
Regional governments agreed to a partial lockdown in early November, which led to the closure of bars, restaurants and leisure facilities across the country. Only gatherings of people from two homes are allowed, while shops and schools remain open.
However, these measures have not managed to stop the second wave of infections in Germany, which this Friday also registered a record number of almost 30,000 infections in 24 hours. Ahead of the talks with Merkel, Baden-Wuerttemberg Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann has announced that his state will go into quarantine after Christmas, at least until January 10.
Other regions have responded to the most recent coronavirus outbreaks with bans on drinking and going outside at night or even more stringent limitations.
The mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, has also been in favor of closing shops and extending the Christmas holidays or resuming classes from a distance. Markus Söder, Prime Minister of Bavaria, has proposed a similar closure that would start immediately after Christmas and that would last “as long as necessary,” according to DPA.
Saxony, in eastern Germany, was a relatively pandemic-free area for months, but is now the worst-affected state in the country and has already announced that schools, kindergartens and non-essential shops will close starting Monday.