In Germany “Began the fourth wave” from the Covid-19 pandemic. The official announcement came today, Wednesday 28 July 2021, from Lothar Wieler, the president of the German Institute of Public Health, the Robert Koch institut, during a video conference held with the Minister for the Chancellery Office, Helge Braun, and the heads of the Chancelleries of the 16 German Länder.
The news is supported by data on contagion clearly worsening due to the spread of Delta variant of the new Coronavirus, which is now attributable to over 80 percent of all new infections reported in Germany. In the last 24 hours the Robert Koch Institute has registered 2,768 new cases of Covid-19 throughout the country, where theweekly incidence is back to rise up to 15 infected per 100 thousand inhabitants compared to the lows of 4.9 in early July.
According to experts, the share of hospitalizations, uphill again. “The incidence is still the most indicative factor on the dynamics of infections”, explained the president of the German Institute of Public Health, according to which the growth in incidence of the new cases continues for about three weeks, as well as theincrease in hospitalizations. “A large number of vaccinated people with a single dose is not enough to control the fourth wave“.
There vaccination campaign German is in fact still proceeding slowly, despite the 50.2 percent of the population, about 41.8 million people, has already completed the vaccination course and the 61.1 percent, nearly 50.85 million citizens, received the first dose. A figure well below the85 percent from fully vaccinated deemed necessary from Robert Koch Institute to curb the contagion. For comparison, in Italy we are already at 57.4 percent fully vaccinated And over 70 percent with a single dose.
The only way then seems to be to convince the skeptics to get vaccinated, in a campaign that adds to the ongoing electoral contest in Germany. With the number of cases on the rise, the debate on how to get more people to opt for vaccines is indeed set to be a key issue in national elections expected on September 26 and who will see thegoodbye to Stationery from Angela Merkel.
Unlike other European countries such as, Italy, France And Greece, the Germany has so far ruled out the introduction of compulsory vaccination for certain categories of the population, such as health workers, but Berlin is evaluating new measures and disincentives for those who decide not to get vaccinated.
For the everyday Süddeutsche Zeitung, politicians should have the “courage to say that compulsory vaccination could be the last resort in the fight against Covid“. Yet, even among the candidates and opinion leaders who oppose the vaccination obligation, more and more are taking sides in favor of a different treatment for those who choose to give up the anti-Covid serum.
The Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht for example he suggested that i not vaccinated they should be forced to pay for tampons, an idea also supported by the influential minister-president of the Bavaria, Markus Söder. Not only that: the German ethics advice, the government’s advisory body on vaccination strategy, recommended that Berlin consider introducingvaccination obligation for certain professions in specific circumstances, i.e. in the event of delays in the administration campaign.
“However, I would say that at the moment these circumstances have not occurred at all”, admitted to the broadcaster Ard the president of the German ethics advice, Alena Buyx , observing as in Germany vaccination rates among German health workers and teachers are still very high. However, in an interview with the newspaper Die Welt, Jens Michow, executive chairman ofGerman Federal Association of the Concert and Event Industry (BDKV), said mandatory vaccines for customers and industry personnel are “the only way” to save this industry from ruin.
Even the Chancellor intervened on the issue Angela Merkel, which last week invited citizens to be vaccinated to curb what he called a “clear and worrying dynamic” in the rates of contagion. “Each vaccination is a small step towards a return to normality”, he remarked Merkel.
His chief of staff, the Minister for the Chancellery Office, Helge Braun, on the other hand, he came to hypothesize further restrictions for the unvaccinated, even in the case of a negative buffer al Covid. If the number of infections increases again in the fall, he said Braun, “Vaccinated people will certainly have more freedom than unvaccinated ones.”
Of all these possible measures, however, in Germany it will not be discussed until next month. Only the August 10 in fact the chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a conference with i ministers-presidents of the various Länder to decide on the new measures to be taken to curb the contagion.
From Robert Koch Institute they do know that it will be necessary to tighten the measures to enforce the distancing social and counteracting gatherings, even through a reduced mobility. News also on the travel front: “The government has assured us that between now and August 1st it will do everything to introduce a anti-Covid test requirement for all, not only for those traveling by plane but also for those arriving by car or train “, announced in a television interview the minister-president of the Bavaria, Markus Söder. If Berlin had foreseen the introduction of this obligation in early September, according to the Bavarian politician, this date “would be a joke”: by then, in fact, “the holidays would already be over”. To date, the obligation to undergo the swab is only foreseen for those who have not been vaccinated or are cured and come from an area considered at risk Covid.