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13 variant viruses have appeared in 16 states of Germany. The Minister of Health warned that the blockade should not be lifted prematurely.

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On the evening of January 19th, local time, German Chancellor Merkel announced after meeting with the governors of the states that she would extend the "lockdown" measures currently implemented in Germany until February 14 and strengthen the implementation of epidemic prevention measures. The picture shows the mask-wearing prompt board taken in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin that day. Photo by Peng Dawei, reporter of China News Service

February 5 The head of the German disease control agency said on the 5th that 13 of the 16 states in Germany have so far confirmed cases of COVID-19 variant strains, of which the B.1.1.7 virus strain first discovered in the United Kingdom accounts for about 6% of the number of new confirmed cases in Germany.

German Health Minister Spahn warned on the same day that the “unblocking” should not be rushed.

The new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the new death toll reported by the Robert Koch Institute of Disease Control and Prevention in Germany on the same day were 12,908 and 855 respectively.

According to the real-time data of Germany’s Time Online, as of 21:20 local time on the 5th, a total of 2,277,536 people had been diagnosed, 2007,505 had been cured and 61,679 had died in Germany.

As of the day, a total of 2987,398 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were vaccinated, of which 2153,000 had been vaccinated with the first dose and 834,398 had been vaccinated with the second dose.

Willler, director of the Robert Koch Institute, and Health Minister Spahn said at a press conference in Berlin on the same day that the German epidemic is “alth long way from being controlled”.

He said that three worrying mutant strains have been diagnosed in Germany, and the spread of mutant strains must be curbed to avoid more mutations in the novel coronavirus.

On the same day, Spahn called on the German people to continue to adhere to the epidemic prevention regulations, and warned that the current “lockdown” and other measures should not be lifted prematurely, because although the number of new confirmed cases decreased every day has decreased, it has not fallen to a low enough level.

February 14 is the preset deadline for Germany for this round of national “lockdown”.

Speaking of whether the federal government’s consultations with the states on epidemic prevention policies will extend the “lockdown” next week, Spahn said that the meeting will look for how to “get out of the current stagnation in the right way and at the right speed”.

He believes that the first step of “unblocking” should be to try to reopen kindergartens and primary and secondary schools.

Spahn stressed that the vaccine will play an important role in the “unblocking” process.

He said that nearly 80% of German nursing home residents have been vaccinated with the first dose.

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