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Germany’s chief virologist warns: “How many people are dying?”

Germany is heading to tighten restrictions to contain the fourth wave of the Corona virus. “The situation is tragic. The Acting Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, confirmed on Friday that the matter is more serious than at any other time during the epidemic. The health authorities have hardened their words, as they are concerned about the record numbers of infections that are recorded every day. Today, the infection rate is Approximately 440 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (in 7 days, if counted at 14, as in Spain, the incidence would be approximately 900), with approximately 76,500 infections in just 24 hours.

“How many people must die?” asked Lothar Wheeler, head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control, during a press conference this morning in Berlin. How many deaths will convince us that COVID-19 is not a simple disease? He insisted, addressing the millions of Germans still vulnerable. Realizing that his speech was being broadcast on the air, Wheeler observed a minute’s silence in memory of the deceased.

Spahn, for his part, emphasized that the only way to stop the positives was a “massive curtailment of communications.” The minister resisted using the word imprisonment, but his silence indicated that this possibility existed. The situation in hospitals is also tragic. Many have already canceled scheduled operations, “We have to stop this wave now,” he said. “The longer we wait, the stricter the measures.”

The two officials stressed that the citizens did not seem to be aware of the seriousness of the situation, because they did not change their behavior. “We do little. Who would think that this wave affects only Bavaria and Saxony? [las regiones con mayor número de casos]Spahn said. The minister also announced that Germany will declare South Africa a danger zone for the new variant that has been discovered and that from tonight only German citizens will be allowed to enter the country from that zone. reach Elena Siviano

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