Hours after the talks, the Robert Koch Institute announced that 6,638 newly infected people had been recorded in 24 hours – an all-time high since the start of the pandemic and around 1,500 more than yesterday.
“We have adopted a budget which foresees a new debt of more than 250 billion euros for this year alone. For this reason, we cannot afford, including economically, a second wave like the one in spring with the same consequences ”, Merkel said, adding that it’s not just about the health system. The Chancellor stressed that the country is at a critical stage in the fight against COVID-19 and that the behavior of people in the coming weeks will be crucial.
Merkel acknowledged that the results of the meeting were not entirely satisfactory. No unanimity was reached on the advisability of introducing a single ban on the movement of citizens through so-called risk areas – areas where the number of people infected per week exceeds 50 per 100,000 inhabitants. The Chancellor called on young people to help fight the pandemic by dropping the party after several private celebrations were cited as the cause of localized coronavirus outbreaks in German cities.
It is recommended that masks, mandatory on public transport and shops since April, become mandatory in public spaces where people are close to each other in areas of more than 35 per 100,000 newly infected people per week. In areas with more than 50 people in 100,000 infected per week, public and private gatherings will be limited to 10 people.