Germany needs tighter coronavirus restrictions to control a record wave of infections the chancellor, Angela Merkel, said yesterday after the country’s health minister warned that people would be “vaccinated, recovered, or dead” by the end of the winter.
More than 30,000 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours after records well above 50,000 a day were counted. Hospitals in some regions, such as Saxony in the east and Bavaria in the south, have warned that their intensive care units have been overwhelmed and forced to turn patients away, transferring them to other hospitals.
“We are in a highly dramatic situation. What is in place now is not sufficient,” Ms. Merkel told leaders of her German CDU party in a meeting, according to two participants.
Only about two-thirds of Germans above the age of 12 are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
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