By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
According to the executive minister of health, Jens Spahn, the current infection situation represents a “national emergency” that requires a “joint national effort”. The measures that have now been decided must be consistently implemented and consistently monitored, demanded Spahn before the federal press conference.
These include significant contact restrictions such as a lockdown for unvaccinated people in order to relieve the health system. In addition, to break this dynamic, the following tools are necessary: vaccination, testing, AHA rules, protective masks or contact reduction.
Spahn noted the vaccination rate is picking up again, six million doses have been ordered for the next week, and the number of vaccinating doctors has risen from 20,000 in the summer to 45,000. 5.2 million booster vaccinations have now been distributed. This means that around 15% of those over 60 have been vaccinated for the third time.
In the past two weeks, the number of new cases has jumped by more than 60%. On Friday, Germany recorded 52,970 daily new infections, a day after registering over 65,000 daily cases, a record since the start of the pandemic. Health officials are warning that the number is likely to at least double in the coming days.
In the past 28 days, Germany has reported nearly 867,000 cases, the fourth most behind the US, the UK and Russia.