Western Europe

Merkel warns COVID-19 spike ‘worse than anything we’ve seen’

17:18, 22 November 2021
Merkel warns COVID-19 spike ‘worse than anything we’ve seen’ Photo: Global Look Press/JÃrgen Heinrich

The Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel said that the new spike in COVID-19 infections in Germany is possibly the worst and the most dangerous since the start of the pandemic.

She also called for more serious measures to help limit the spread of the infection.

The current situation was described by her as “highly dramatic” and she mentioned her fear that hospitals will soon not be able to handle the number of patients.

Merkel expressed concern that citizens do not fully understand the importance of social distance and vaccination for solving the problem.

Merkel will soon step down from her years-long post and earlier she had described how she plans to spend her newly got free time.

The head of the German Health Ministry Jens Spahn went even further with his warnings and said that all those who don't get vaccinated from the disease will be dead by winter’s end.

“It’s quite probable by the end of the winter that pretty much everyone in Germany will have been vaccinated, have recovered or have died,” he said in a statement.

“It’s very likely that anyone who isn’t vaccinated will be infected within the coming months,” he added.

Germany is well far behind other countries in terms of vaccination as only two thirds of people over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated.

Over 30,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

Currently, Germany is not planning to introduce a mandate as other European countries are experiencing tougher anti-COVID-19 measures with protests.