Germany extends partial lockdown until January 10



He beats his daily record of deaths from COVID-19 with 487

MADRID, 2 (EUROPA PRESS)

The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, announced this Wednesday that the partial confinement that governs the country in the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended until January 10, in light of the advance of the disease.

“In principle, the regulations remain as they are now,” he said after talks with the prime ministers of the 16 German federal states.

The chancellor stressed that Germany is “very far” from the values ​​that the German Executive has set itself to consider that the pandemic is under control and has highlighted the high number of fatalities due to the disease. Thus, it has indicated that in seven days the mark of 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants should be reached.

Germany’s partial closure has been in effect since November. Last week the closure of facilities such as restaurants was also extended until shortly before Christmas. The German state and federal governments assume that tougher restrictions will need to be adopted in early January, due to the increase in infections.

On the other hand, Merkel has referred to the potential vaccines against COVID-19 and has indicated that German administrations seek to prepare to begin the application of them as soon as possible.

As he recalled, the approval of the first vaccines in the EU could take place at the end of December, so it is important that preparations are advanced in this regard in Germany, as reported by the newspaper ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’.

The new coronavirus pandemic that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan has left 17,270 new cases and 487 deaths in Germany in the last 24 hours, beating the daily record of deaths and bringing the total to more than 1.08 million people infected and more than 17,000 fatalities, according to data published this Wednesday by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German government agency in charge of the control of infectious diseases.

The new record for deaths from coronavirus in 24 hours exceeds the one registered on November 27, when Germany counted 426 deaths from COVID-19 in a single day.

With the new data, the balance of the pandemic in German territory amounts to 1,084,743 infected people and 17,123 fatalities. In terms of recoveries, the figure rises to 779,500 people cured, including 20,700 who have been discharged in the last 24 hours.

The German regions most affected by the pandemic are North Rhine-Westphalia (267,069 cases and 3,621 deaths), Bavaria (213,308 infected and 3,970 deaths) and Baden-Württemberg (152,782 positives and 2,825 fatalities). In Berlin the balance rises to 66,306 infected people and 594 deaths.

On November 27, Germany became the twelfth country in the world with more than a million infected people, after the United States, India, Brazil, France, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.

Merkel tried to encourage German citizens and appealed to their responsibility in her weekly video message broadcast on Saturday, arguing that each person “can do something” to stop the pandemic, wearing a mask and respecting hygienic safety measures -Sanitary.

“We have come a long way,” said the head of the Berlin government. Recognizing that since the pandemic began, many things have happened, Merkel recalled that at the beginning of the year it was necessary to deal with a virus that was then virtually unknown.

“Today we know much more about the forms of infection, the possibilities of protecting ourselves, the symptoms and the treatment options,” he said. In addition, he stressed that the coronavirus vaccines are being developed in record time and that we will not have to wait until the last moment to have them but that they will be available in “a probable future” thanks to the efforts of researchers.

“If this pandemic has something completely good, it is this: it shows that humans are capable when we put our minds to it, when we act with perseverance and creativity, when we cross borders and work together,” he stressed.

The chancellor said that the challenge is not only for scientists but for all citizens. “No, all of us can do something. Everyone can do something,” he said, referring to measures to avoid infections, such as the use of masks, social distance or ventilation in closed spaces.

Merkel said that before this crisis it was unthinkable that billions of euros would be allocated in aid against the pandemic. “But we do it because no one can avoid the fact that the pandemic has created problems for him,” he explained.

The Chancellor asked the German population to continue to comply with the rules to avoid infections during the Christmas period. “Because we will experience that it has been worth it. Because all together we will be stronger than the virus,” he concluded.


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