Germany: Bundeswehr to lead fight against pandemic

Bundeswehr general will head the crisis headquarters to combat the coronavirus pandemic, which he intends to create in Germany, a new ruling coalition.

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the crisis headquarters in Germany to fight the coronavirus pandemic will be headed by Major General Carsten Breuer. This was announced on Sunday, November 28, by the leader of the Free Democrats Christian Lindner. “A crisis headquarters will be set up in this area next week. It will be headed by a German general, ”he said on the air of the public-legal TV channel ZDF.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper writes that it is about 56-year-old Major General Carsten Breuer. He heads the Bundeswehr unit responsible for using the military to solve various tasks within Germany.

If Breuer is appointed head of the COVID-19 crisis headquarters, Germany will not be the only country in the EU where this post is held by a military. So, in Portugal, since February 2021, the campaign to vaccinate the population against coronavirus has been led by the former commander of the European Naval Forces (EUROMARFOR), Admiral Enrique Guveia e Melo. Today, almost 87 percent of the population has already received two COVID-19 vaccinations in this country.

According to the Worldometer portal, as of November 28, 2021, almost 261.2 million cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the world since the beginning of the pandemic. 236, 4 million patients have defeated the infection, about 5.2 million people have died with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

In Germany, 5.8 million people have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection since the beginning of the pandemic, of which more than 4.8 million have recovered. Germany’s average hospital occupancy rate – now the most important criterion for tightening anti-coronavirus restrictions – has increased to 5.97 per 100 thousand population. With a coefficient of 3, only those vaccinated and ill with covid have the right to attend mass events, and with a coefficient of 6, the rule begins to apply, according to which even vaccinated and ill patients must present a negative test for coronavirus.

Germany’s highest hospital occupancy rate so far – almost 15.5 – was recorded during last Christmas. However, at that time in Germany there were almost no people vaccinated against coronavirus.

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