Western Europe

COVID crisis in Germany as it records over 40,000 new daily cases

00:18, 11 November 2021
COVID crisis in Germany as it records over 40,000 new daily cases Photo: Фото: Сергей Лантюхов/NEWS.ru

The country’s officials call the unprecedented growth “a pandemic of the unvaccinated”.

On Wednesday Germany recorded more than 40,000 new COVID cases, the record number since the pandemic outbreak. The country’s infection rate reached 232 infections per 100,000 citizens over the week.

Outstanding German virologist Christian Drosten urged the government to take measures, otherwise up to 100,000 will die from COVID, he estimates.

“We have a real emergency situation right now. We probably need to control infection activity again through contact measures - not probably, but certainly,” Berlin’s Charite Hospital virology department head said.

However, German officials have earlier said that another lockdown is not expected to be imposed as health officials decided to tackle the pandemic via vaccination.

States of the country can set their own rules concerning restrictions. For instance, Saxony does not allow those unvaccinated to attend bars and restaurants, indoor events and activities, sports, and leisure facilities.

For the moment around 67% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Still, vaccination rates vary from region to region with the country’s western part showing better results than the East.

Germany's health minister Jens Spahn has earlier accused anti-vaxxers of the skyrocketing number of new cases and dubbed the current situation a "pandemic of the unvaccinated".

Last weekend several thousand Leipzig citizens gathered in the streets to protest the government’s measures, mandatory vaccination, and health pass. Demonstrators clashed with police officers; some people were targeted with tear gas.

Germany has recorded about 97,000 deaths since the start of the global pandemic and almost 5 mln cases.