The number of Covid-19 infections in Germany has soared to an extent that officials have warned that the health system will be overloaded.
|The street in District 13, Paris is deserted on the day of the anti-epidemic blockade of Covid-19. Photo: AFP|
The rapidly spreading Covid-19 epidemic is putting pressure on German politicians to tighten anti-epidemic measures. According to Reuters, leaders of Germany and the European region will attend an online meeting on March 22 to decide the next round of measures to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the most recent meeting in early March, European leaders agreed to open up cautiously to the opposition of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Grandmother Angela Merkel said Many strains of Covid-19 are more contagious than the pandemic potential, which will be difficult to control.
According to the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases of the German government, the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population this week has reached 103.9, as of today, March 21. This rate exceeded the 100 threshold that the active treatment units were able to respond promptly.
Meanwhile, the fatigue of the German people over the anti-epidemic blockade measures in the fourth month is becoming more and more evident. However, with the above Covid-19 data, heads of state may be forced to pull “emergency brakes” and delay the opening of some stores.
According to the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases, the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Germany increased by 13,733 to 2,659,516, while recent statistics show 99 to 74,664 deaths.
Warnings about the third wave of Covid-19 infection in Europe came after the number of Covid-19 infections in Germany increased exponentially in Germany, and a new one-month blockade in Paris. The first Covid-19 strain discovered in the UK is believed to have been the cause of the recent spike in cases in Europe. This strain was assessed to have a much higher virulence than the original strain.
The French capital Paris and the country’s northern part of the country on March 19 entered a new blockade, although schools and essential stores were still open. For the first time since November, the average 7-day number of new Covid-19 infections in France has increased by more than 25,000 this week.
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the relaxation of the blockade measures in March, but that was when the number of cases per 100,000 population in seven days was only 65. Now that number has reached 103.9 and the pressure to prolong the blockade is increasing as there are concerns that the upcoming Easter cases will be similar to the past Christmas.
“The increased number of infections could lead to our failure to continue taking the opening steps in the coming weeks,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn said at a news conference on March 19. “On the contrary, we might even have to take a step back,” added Minister Jens Spahn.
Meanwhile, Italy has postponed plans for Easter with a new national blockade announced by Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Italy has by far the sixth highest number of deaths in the world with at least 103,855 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
According to Reuters, Poland also recorded a skyrocketing number of Covid-19 infections and about 52% of these were related to the strain detected in the UK. The total number of Covid-19 infections in Poland crossed the 2 million mark on March 19 after an additional 25,998 infections were recorded in one day.
The Covid-19 epidemic continued to spread rapidly in Europe, although EU countries tried to promote immunization campaigns. But the effect is lower than in immunization campaigns in the US and UK. The cause of inefficiency was determined by the supply and procurement of vaccines, along with the launch of the Covid-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca, which was halted this week when the European Pharmaceutical Agency investigated. on clotting side effects.
Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn warned that Europe is currently short of vaccines to prevent this third wave of Covid-19 infection.