Germany raises the daily balance with more than 23,000 new cases and accumulates more than 20,000 deaths

A high health official is committed to not relaxing restrictions in the Christmas period


The new coronavirus pandemic that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan has left 23,679 new cases in Germany in the last 24 hours and 440 deaths, bringing the total to 1.24 million infected people and more than 20,000 fatalities, According to the balance published this Thursday 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 1,242,203 infected people and 20,372 fatalities. In terms of recoveries, the figure rises to 922,100 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 (298,431 cases and 4,226 deaths), Bavaria (243,797 infected and 4,621 deaths) and Baden-Württemberg (174,948 positives and 3,229 fatalities). In Berlin the balance rises to 74,552 infected people and 749 deaths.

Thus, the president of the RKI, Lothar Wieler, has spoken out this Thursday against easing the measures to stop the coronavirus pandemic on the occasion of the Christmas holidays.


“I think that the important measure is to really avoid a relaxation around Christmas,” he said, warning that with such relaxation 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, it has 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.

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