Germany: “Stay as long as possible at home and in the place where you live”, asks Merkel – News


“Please stay as long as possible at home and in the place where you live. I know that in addition to sound severe, it represents a hard sacrifice, ”said the chancellor in her usual weekend video message.

Merkel also called for the Germans to reduce the number of contacts with people they know “inside and outside the home”, and that “any travel that is not strictly necessary” and “any party that is not strictly necessary” be dispensed with.

The chancellor said that these sacrifices must be made in self-interest and in the interest of society to allow schools and kindergartens to remain open and so that the economy and jobs are no longer affected.

Germany, according to Merkel, is in a difficult phase of the pandemic and infections are increasing faster than in the spring.

“The way we are going to live winter and how we are going to celebrate Christmas is something that will be decided these days. We have to do everything so that the virus does not spread in an uncontrolled way. Every day is important and everyone can contribute by keeping their distance, respecting hygiene standards and wearing masks “, he said.

“But it is necessary to go further: science shows us that the spread of the virus is related to the number of contacts we have,” he added.

Germany registered 7,830 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, representing a new high for the third consecutive day, according to figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology.

This Friday the new cases were 7,334 and last Thursday 6,638. In the last 24 hours, 33 deaths due to covid-19 have been reported.

Since the start of the pandemic, Germany has had 356,387 confirmed infections. 9,767 people died and the RKI estimates that 287,600 overcame the disease.

The current figures are clearly higher than in the spring, when the maximum number of new infections was registered on March 28 with 6,294, but the data are difficult to compare due to the increase in tests performed that causes more cases to be discovered. Last week, Angela Merkel met with heads of government from 16 federal states to coordinate measures against the increase in the pandemic.

The most important result of the meeting was the consensus that special measures should be taken when the weekly incidence in a district or city exceeds 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

In Berlin, where the weekly incidence is 88 infections, it was decreed that bars and restaurants would have to close at 11 pm, but the courts declared this measure disproportionate.

In addition, the ban on hotels from hosting people in neighborhoods with a weekly incidence of more than 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants has been questioned by courts in several federal states.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than one million and ninety-nine thousand deaths and almost 39 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.


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