The situation in Germany is dramatic, Angela Merkel said Wednesday, referring to another growing wave of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections in the country. The German chancellor added that it was still “not too late to be vaccinated for the first time”.
In Germany, 52,826 new coronavirus infections were recorded in the last 24 hours. This is an increase of one third compared to the previous week. Over the past 24 hours, 294 people with COVID-19 have died, and the number of deaths has increased to 98,274 since the start of the pandemic, the Reuters agency points out.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented on these reports that the situation in the country was “dramatic”.
– It is not too late to be vaccinated for the first time – she said at a meeting with German local government officials. “Anyone who vaccinates protects themselves and others, and if enough people are vaccinated, it will be a way out of the pandemic,” she stressed. She again called for persuasion of the unconvinced to vaccinate.
As Reuters writes, about 68 percent of people in Germany were vaccinated. population – definitely less than in Spain, Portugal or Italy. Austria has a similar percentage, which on Monday introduced a lockdown for unvaccinated citizens.
WHO: COVID-19 mortality is increasing in Europe
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the number of deaths from SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection in Europe increased by 5%. during the last week. Thus, the Old Continent is the only region of the world where the death rate related to Covid-19 is increasing.
The weekly report released on Tuesday evening shows that there has been a six percent increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the world. The development of the disease can be observed in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
The largest number of new infections was recorded in Russia, Germany and the United Kingdom. At the same time, the number of deaths from Covid-19 increased by 67%. in Norway and 38 percent. in Slovakia
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