Due to the high epidemic data, the German Confederation and Länder decided to re-implement the “hard blockade” throughout the country from December 16 local time.
German Federal Health Minister Spahn said at a press conference on the 15th that although the “light blockade order” implemented since early November has played a role in slowing down the epidemic to a certain extent, the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany, especially the number of new deaths per day, is still high.
If no action is taken, “we will usher in a third wave of epidemics before the second wave of epidemics subsides”. At the same time, Spán admitted that even if the “hard blockade” begins now, it will not have an immediate effect and effectively curbing the spread of the epidemic immediately. “After all, after braking sharply, there will still be a long taxi trajectory.”
It will become more and more difficult to prevent epidemic prevention and deal with the consequences of the epidemic. He reiterated his appeal to the public to continue to strictly abide by the epidemic prevention regulations and insist on limiting social contact to a minimum.
In addition, Weller pointed out that Germany’s aging population is one of the main reasons why the country is currently being strongly impacted by the second wave of epidemics, because the older the patients infected with the novel coronavirus, the higher the risk of death, while about 23 million people in Germany are over 60 years old, accounting for nearly 28% of the total population.
According to the latest data released by the Robert Koch Institute, the German Federal Disease Control Agency for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 00:00 local time on December 15, 14,432 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany, with a total of 135,510 confirmed cases; 500 new deaths, with a total of 22,475 deaths.
In addition, Weller, the director of the institute, revealed that the update in Saxony was not included in the data of the day and will be added the next day.