German Chancellor Angela Merkel supports a brief national lockdown to stem the surging COVID-19 cases in the European country, said government spokesman Ulrike Demmer on April 7. As the coronavirus outbreak coincides with a sluggish vaccination campaign, several country leaders have backed calls for a period of strict restrictions.
A German government spokesman told reporters, “Any call for a brief and uniform closure is correct … In addition, a joint national approach will be important here.” He also added that the different sets of rules in 16 states “do not contribute to security and acceptance at this time”.
Demmer reportedly also told reporters that Germany is currently witnessing an increase in the number of intensive care patients. As per the report, he said, “At the moment, we don’t have a good database as far as the number of new infections is concerned. But the number of intensive care beds occupied speaks very clear language. It improved very much, very strong and very fast. The intensive care doctor was worried. “
“The health system is under intense pressure,” he said, noting that there was a 5% increase in intensive care bed occupancy in just one day. Adding, “We need a stable incidence below 100”, he referred to the number of new coronavirus infections in Germany for seven days per 100,000 population. As per a Johns Hopkins University tally as of April 8, Germany has recorded 2,940,271 total COVID-19 cases along with 77,755 deaths.
Thousands Protest Against Virus Restrictions
Meanwhile, earlier this month, thousands took to the streets in Stuttgart as they protested against virus restrictions amid growing fears of a third wave. The current lockdown involves closing nonessential businesses. There are also certain restrictions set for public gatherings, and requirements for wearing masks. Even though the city is going through a gradual reopening, authorities will continue to implement lockdown measures until at least April 18.
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