Despite two months of stringent measures in Germany and a slight decrease in new cases in recent days, the restrictions did not show the expected effect, and the fight against Corona did not bring any noticeable relief. The second wave of the epidemic continues to die, 312 people died in the country in the last 24 hours, the number of deaths from the virus increased to 34,272. The number of patients in intensive care is increasing day by day. As of Friday, 5 thousand 598 patients, 3 thousand 111 of which are intubated, are being treated in intensive care units due to Covid-19.
According to the data of the Robert Koch Institute, the daily number of cases was determined as 10 thousand 315. It is estimated that health departments and many examinations where tests are performed do not report the test results due to New Year’s Eve and weekend, and the actual number is much higher. Prime Minister Angela Merkel will evaluate the situation with the state prime ministers next Tuesday in the shadow of these negative numbers and evaluate how successful the measures taken against the second wave of the epidemic, more precisely, why the rate of spread of the virus could not be prevented sufficiently.
The full quarantine measures taken by the federal and states in the framework of combating the Corona epidemic on November 4 and that were further hardened in December are valid until January 10. Messages from officials before Merkel’s meeting with state ministers indicate that there is already a consensus on extending the closure. While states such as Bavaria and Saxony with high cases demand the quarantine to be extended for 3 more weeks, that is, until January 31, the states with low cases want to be limited to 2 weeks, and then re-evaluated according to the course of the numbers.
Stating that the restrictions should be extended, Federal Health President Jens Spahn pointed out that the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units has reached a record level, and said, “It is better to extend the quarantine rather than loosening the measures early and facing a much more difficult vacuum after a few weeks.” At Tuesday’s meeting, it is the state of the schools that is expected to cause controversy. Some states favor primary schools and daycare centers opening after January 10, while others favor all schools closing until the end of January. Social Democrat SPD’s health policy spokesperson Karl Lauterbach stated that he could not understand the demands for early opening of schools and said, “All researches and all available data show that the rate of spread of the virus in schools, especially in grades over 12, is the rate of adults. Let’s open schools, it is a great irresponsibility. “He said in the form.
Professor of the country’s most respected virologists. Christian Drosten said that in order to reduce the number of positive cases detected in 100,000 people in the last seven days to below 50, the entire population, independent of age, should be kept in quarantine. Prime Minister Merkel also emphasized that Germany is far from the data targeted in the pandemic in his assessment before the Christmas Festival and said, “The goal is to decrease to 50 new cases per 100 thousand population in seven days”. Merkel said that the abolition of the measures taken would only be possible if this number was reduced. In Germany, in the last seven days, the number of cases in a population of 100 thousand was determined as 139.
In the meantime, it has been reported that the number of people who have vaccinated against Corona since December 27 has reached 188,553 people. It was stated that most of those vaccinated were those who stayed in elderly nursing homes, those over the age of 80 and health workers.