Germany has a record number of cases of the new coronavirus. It counted 6,638 contaminations in 24 hours, unheard of since the implementation of the screening, according to official data published on Thursday. The previous highest toll of daily cases was on March 28 with 6,294.
This information came just hours after the announcement of new restrictions in the 16 regional states, the Länder, aimed precisely at preventing the resurgence of the disease. Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to this effect on Wednesday evening, after a meeting with officials from the 16 Länder.
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For example, the number of participants in private events will be limited in regions recording more than 35 new contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days. In these areas, masks will be mandatory wherever people are close to each other for a period of time. Gatherings will be limited to 25 people in public establishments and 15 in private rooms.
“We must prevent uncontrolled or exponential growth”
“I am convinced that what we are going to do now will determine how we get through this pandemic,” said the head of government. ” We can see […] that the rate of infections is increasing and that in some areas it is very high. This is the reason why we must prevent uncontrolled or exponential growth. “
During a press conference, an extract of which was relayed by his spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, the Chancellor recalled “the importance of reducing contact”. She insisted on the fact that the way to face the pandemic is not only a health question but also an economic one. She also praised the fact that her fellow citizens have already “acted incredibly” since the start of the pandemic.
If the figure of 50 new contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants is crossed, even more draconian rules will be imposed, such as limiting private meetings to ten people from two households maximum and closing restaurants at 11 pm.
The federal government and the Länder, which are responsible for health policies, spent eight hours on Wednesday drafting these rules which attempt to unify extremely disparate situations, a consequence of German federalism.
According to figures from the American university Johns Hopkins, of which the accounts refer, nearly 345,000 people have officially contracted the virus across the Rhine. Nearly 10,000 died from it. Compared to the population, this number of deaths is approximately 3.7 times lower than in France.
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