Germany reported 50,196 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday previous 24 hours, the highest daily number of cases in the country for the whole pandemic, according to Germany DW news. The number of cases in Germany on Thursday exceeded 39,676 new cases on Wednesday, which was also a record to date.
Approximately 67% of Germany is vaccinated against Covid-19, which is the 34th best rate in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. And while that’s better than the U.S. vaccination rate of 59%, which is currently ranked 53rd in the world, it’s still not a rate that would allow that kind of immunity to really fight infection somewhere in between 80 and 90%.
Germany, which has a population of 83 million, also recorded 235 new deaths on Thursday, although mortality is an indicator that is lagging behind as we have all learned during this global health crisis. The number of deaths from this disease is likely to escalate in the coming weeks as hospitals in the country cancel elective surgeries to cope with the influx of patients infected with COVID-19.
Germany has struggled with an extremely vocal minority of proponents of the vaccine, in contrast to the situation in the U.S., where vaccinations against Covid-19 have also risen. The U.S. reported 98,390 new Covid-19 cases and 1,637 deaths on Wednesday.
As DW points out, German virologist Christian Drosten expects another 100,000 deaths in the country if emergency measures are not taken. But there is very little appetite a sharp blockade in the country and state governments have a huge amount of power, leaving national leaders without many options.
“In Germany, I have to say, unfortunately, that our vaccination rate is not high enough to prevent the virus from spreading quickly,” complained Chancellor Angela Merkel. Wednesday.
Olaf Scholz, who is expected to become the next chancellor after forming a coalition government, said he wants Germany to become “winter-hardy” as the country enters the colder months.
“Many fewer vaccinated people are affected by the infection than those who are not inoculated,” Scholz said on Wednesday, according to Bloomberg News.
Germany has reported over 4.91 million Covid-19 cases and 97,203 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
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