On Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for swift action to address the “extremely worrying” trend.
In Germany, seven-day coronavirus cases crossed 150 on Monday for the first time since May. This was reported by Agence France-Presse.
The number of new cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days was 154.8, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). A week ago, this value was 110.1.
On Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for swift action to address the “extremely worrying” trend. She emphasized that Germany could not afford to wait for a new government. It also endorsed third booster doses of the vaccines, saying the state “must do something” to ensure their general availability.
66.7 percent of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated. A Forsa survey for the Department of Health last week found that 65 percent of unvaccinated respondents “wouldn’t get vaccinated in any way — and 23 percent were ‘weight’.”
Meanwhile, health care professionals have reported a new influx of Covid-19 patients to hospitals where unvaccinated people often end up, according to AFP.
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Merkel called for the right to refuse vaccination, but admitted that she was “very sad” that as many as three million Germans over the age of 60 did not receive the vaccine.
Merkel left power after 16 years, and three parties are currently negotiating to form a new government after the September elections.
Olaf Schultz, a future Social Democratic chancellor, said on Sunday that Germany should do what was needed to “keep the epidemic under control”.
However, he stressed that in a country where a large part of the population is being vaccinated, it is no longer possible to respond with strict measures such as lockdown.
On Monday, German authorities reported 9,658 new cases of infection in the past 24 hours and 23 associated deaths.
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