The pandemic situation related to the spread of the coronavirus in Germany is so serious that we cannot rule out a lockdown, said German Health Minister Jens Spahn. Possible restrictions could also apply to vaccinated persons.
The head of the German health ministry, Jens Spahn, was asked whether the authorities in Berlin could rule out a lockdown that would also affect the vaccinated people. “We are currently in a situation where we cannot rule out anything,” he replied.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany will limit much of public life in areas most at risk of health failure to those who are vaccinated or who have had COVID-19.
Pandemic situation in Germany
On Monday, the heads of intensive care units in the seven largest clinics in Baden-Württemberg in an open letter warned against overloading the ICU. “Over the next few weeks, we expect a very large number of new cases of COVID-19 in intensive care units, these patients may occupy more than 60 percent of all available places in the ICU,” doctors predict.
Currently, 20 percent of beds in intensive care units are occupied by coronavirus patients. Almost 90 percent of them are unvaccinated. As emphasized by doctors, the consequences of this trend are disturbing and affect all patients, from newborns to seniors, but “most of all emergencies requiring intensive care, people injured in road accidents, as well as (such cases as) complicated pregnancies, cancer, strokes or heart attacks “.
“We probably won’t be able to take care of all of them well and efficiently, because nurses and doctors are busy caring for COVID-19 patients,” said the doctors, appealing to get vaccinated “for the benefit of their own and their families.”
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