German Chancellor Angela Merkel is contemplating seriously the possibility of declaring a new short-term national confinement to stop at the root the increase in cases and the incidence of the coronavirus registered in recent days and facilitate the vaccination campaign currently underway in the country, according to sources from his party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
“It is about building a bridge towards greater normality. And it would be a very short bridge ”, the sources of her party have paraphrased Merkel.
The chief minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia – and considered one of the main candidates to succeed Merkel at the head of the Chancellery – Armin Laschet, proposed a similar measure, a “bridge closure” to cReduce infections at the root and accelerate the vaccination campaign.
The German authorities have confirmed this Sunday an approximate hundred deaths from coronavirus during the last day and 17,800 more new infections, at a time when the country is approaching the threshold of three million infections in the framework of the pandemic.
The Robert Koch Institute, the government entity in charge of the control of infectious diseases, has indicated through its website that in the last 24 hours, 17,855 cases and 104 more deaths have been detected, which places the totals at 2,998,268 and 78,353 , respectively.
Likewise, it has pointed out that the cumulative incidence rate during the last seven days is 129.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with about 248,000 active cases, compared to the incidence of 120.6 registered on Saturday.
On the other hand, it has estimated the total number of people recovered to date from Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at around 2,671,200, including some 9,600 during the last 24 hours.
RKI Director Lothar Wieler has rated the situation from “Very, very serious”. The data collected in more than 70 hospitals in the country shows that ICUs are filling up again and that hospitalized patients are getting younger.
Precisely this Sunday, the German railway network has approved a federal regulation that prohibits citizens from using its services if they do not have a mask.
A Deutsche Bahn spokeswoman has explained to the newspaper ‘Welt am Sonntag’ that so far the number of deniers has been low, but from now on and for six months the authorities will have a regulation to expel those who do not use the mask.
You will not be able to use regional or long distance trains, nor will you be able to access the stations if you do not wear a mask and even criminal charges may be filed if there is a repeat offense.
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