Germany’s Supreme Health Authority has urged more citizens to be vaccinated and warned that if the number of vaccinations does not increase, national hospitals could be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients towards the end of the year. increase.
“We need at least 5 million vaccinations for safe fall and winter,” Health Minister Jens Spahn tweeted.
Over 61% of Germany’s population, or 50.9 million, is fully vaccinated, less than in other European countries. Daily vaccination rates have fallen for weeks, but cases of new infections are increasing again.
On Saturday, the German Disease Control Agency reported 10,835 new COVID-19 cases, an increase from 10,303 a week ago.
“The number of people vaccinated is too small to prevent overloading the health system,” the health minister told Hanoverche Zeitung every day, according to a German news agency. dpa reported.
The head of the German Association of Intensive Emergency Medicine also warned that if vaccinations were not raised, the number of cases of COVID-19 would increase significantly in the hospital’s intensive care unit in the fall.
Christian Karajannidis told the Auguster Allgemeine newspaper:
Berlin virologist Christian Drosten said “a relaxed fall is a dangerous assumption” and warned that contact restrictions might need to be re-enforced if new infections continue to grow. Reported. Drosten said some Germans did not fully evaluate the vaccine because Germany was less devastating than other European countries in the early stages of the pandemic.
“They had a terrifying experience for society as a whole,” Drosten said of other European countries. “Many dead, real blockages, places where only shopping was allowed for reasons, and places where the streets were patroled by the army.”
According to the Robert Koch Institute, 92,325 people have died of COVID-19 in Germany. In other European countries, although the population is small, there are even more deaths. There are over 133,000 people in the UK. Italy has killed 129,000 and France has more than 115,000.
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