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In her latest video podcast as head of the German government, Angela Merkel once again warned German residents about the difficult weeks ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic and called for joint efforts. “In the midst of the fourth wave of the pandemic, we found ourselves in a very serious situation, in some parts of our country it can only be called dramatic,” the acting director said. Chancellor on Saturday, December 4, urging fellow citizens to be vaccinated.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s the first vaccination or the second. Every vaccine helps,” Merkel said. “The highest possible level of vaccination will help all of us as a country overcome the pandemic.” She referred to the overcrowded intensive care units being forced to reschedule the treatment of critically ill patients, and “an appallingly large number of people who have been killed by the virus.”

“Unfortunately, we have several more difficult weeks ahead of us, which we can only overcome by joint efforts,” she said. chancellor. At the same time, Merkel thanked everyone who in “these difficult times” showed prudence and adhered to the rules: “You are the overwhelming majority in our country.”

By her own calculations, Angela Merkel herself, since June 2006, has addressed the people of Germany more than 600 times in her video podcast. On Wednesday, December 8, the Bundestag is to elect Olaf Scholz as her successor as German Chancellor.

The head of the medical chamber for compulsory vaccination, but against compulsory

Klaus Reinhardt, President of the Federal Medical Chamber (BÄK), advocates compulsory vaccinations, but warns against coercion. “We are talking about compulsory vaccinations, not compulsory vaccinations. Nobody should be compulsorily vaccinated,” he said in an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper. However, in his opinion, those who do not comply with mandatory vaccinations should expect noticeable restrictions on participation in public and commercial life.

Coronavirus spread statistics in Germany

Over the past day in Germany, according to the Robert Koch Institute, 64,510 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded, and the total number of cases of infection registered since the beginning of the pandemic is more than 6 million. 378 patients have died in the past 24 hours. The seven-day rate of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has slightly increased: to 442.7 per 100 thousand population (the day before it was 442.1).

The number of hospitalized patients with coronavirus per 100 thousand inhabitants for seven days as of December 3 was 5.52. In mid-November, the German authorities recognized this indicator as the most important criterion for the introduction of anti-coronavirus restrictions. The maximum value for the entire time of the pandemic – about 15.5 per 100 thousand of the population – the seven-day occupancy rate of clinics reached in the Christmas period of 2020.

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