More than 100,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic, the Robert Koch Institute of the federal government indicated this Thursday (11/25/2021), after accounting for 351 new deaths in the last 24 hours.
In addition, this institute registered 75,961 new infections, a new daily record for the first economy in the euro zone to experience an unprecedented rebound. The total number of deaths from the coronavirus stands at 100,119, according to the official count.
The incidence in seven days reached a maximum peak of 419.7 infections per 100,000 inhabitants and the health authorities fear the saturation of the system.
Hospitals in certain regions already face “acute overload” that necessitates the transfer of patients, warned Gernot Marx, president of the German federation of intensive care physicians on Monday.
The situation will be one of the main challenges for the new government coalition announced yesterday between Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals, which starts in December.
“The situation is dire,” Olaf Scholz, Germany’s future Social Democratic chancellor, admitted on Wednesday.
Several regions restored tough restrictions to contain the fourth wave of the coronavirus, the most serious in the country, which has a vaccination rate of 69%, lower than that of other European countries.
Scholz indicated that Germany had to “study” a possible “extension” of the obligation to be vaccinated, currently in force in the army and in health and care establishments.
jc (afp, reuters)