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Germany's coronavirus death toll tripled in December. Health ministers said it was necessary to extend the "lockdown"

Germany’s coronavirus death toll tripled in December. Health ministers said it was necessary to extend the “lockdown”

by YCPress

Berlin, January 2 German media quoted data from the country’s disease control agency on the 2nd, the number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in Germany from December 2 last year to January 1 this year was 16,718, about three times that of November last year.

German Health Minister Spahn said on the same day that considering that the number of new daily confirmed cases is still very high, the current “lockdown” measures need to be extended beyond January 10.

The number of new confirmed cases announced by the German disease control agency on the 2nd is 12,690. According to the real-time data of Germany’s “Time Online”, as of about 21:00 p.m. local time on the 2nd, Germany has confirmed 1,77,439 people, 1367,999 cured and 34,744 deaths.

German media reported the above news on the same day, citing data released by the disease control agency.

Germany’s cumulative number of deaths due to COVID-19 in 2020 reached 33,071, more than half of which occurred in December last year.

On the 5th of this month, German Chancellor Merkel will discuss with state governors whether to extend the “lockdown” measures that will expire on January 10.

German Federal Health Minister Sp├ín said in an interview with RTL TV on the same day that considering the number of new confirmed cases that are still high, it is necessary to extend the “lockdown” measures.

He said that the number of ICU intensive care beds in German hospitals due to the coronavirus has reached the highest level since the epidemic, so the number of new confirmed cases must be reduced and stabilized at a low level for a long time.” This is better than ‘unblocking’ too early and then facing problems again in a few weeks.

It is worth noting that although the first vaccine approved by the European Union was developed by the German company BioNTech, the progress of vaccination in Germany has lagged behind due to the failure of the states to obtain enough vaccines in time.

Some politicians criticized the federal government for failing to take a more radical approach last summer and order more vaccines in advance.

Germany officially launched vaccination on the morning of December 27, 2020. According to the data of German disease control agencies, as of January 2 this year, 18853 people have been vaccinated nationwide in Germany.

Considering that the previously planned vaccination rate in Berlin alone was an average of 20,000 people per day, this figure obviously fell far behind the expected progress.