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Potsdam, Germany calls for tougher lockdown

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More than 15% of Germans have now received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for the fight against the disease revealed on Sunday.

This figure represents an increase of more than 25% from a week earlier, and is the latest sign that the slow start of vaccine deployment in Germany is over.

RKI data showed that about 12.7 million people had received the vaccine, of which nearly 5 million had received the two required injections.

Several studies indicate that a single dose already confers some level of protection against the virus.

German GPs joined the country’s rollout on Wednesday and now that more vaccines are available, an increase in the number of daily doses administered has increased, peaking at more than 700,000 on Thursday.

Health on the brink

But there was darker news elsewhere, with Germany’s healthcare system “under intense pressure,” according to a government spokesperson.

And Gernot Marx, president of the German Association for Emergency Care (DIVI), warned on Friday that the situation in hospitals is extremely worrying.

While Germany’s largest university hospital, Berlin’s Charite, has said that “if the number of critically ill COVID patients exceeds wave two, we will enter a critical situation.”

Protesters call for tougher measures

Meanwhile, hundreds of people took to the streets across Germany on Saturday as part of the ‘Zero COVID’ movement, demanding tougher rules to curb the third wave.

In Bremen and Hanover, more than 200 citizens demonstrated, while around 50 people took to the streets of Göttingen. About two dozen people gathered in Berlin to voice their frustrations and there were around 70 protesters in Düsseldorf, a police spokesperson said.

“Zero COVID” protesters want a three-week paid break and have said the offices are “centers of infection.” The desire for profit should not come before people’s health, organizers said.

In Hanover, protesters called for science-based pandemic policies, adding that the government should put its people ahead of economic interests.

A stage has been set up in front of Hanover’s new town hall

A dozen protesters were seen in Potsdam, calling for more safety measures in schools and kindergartens, while also calling for in-person teaching to stop.

Protesters took part in a ‘No COVID’ rally in Potsdam, calling on the government to be more decisive

In Munich, more than 100 people joined a rally, expressing frustrations similar to those seen elsewhere in Germany.

A demonstration in Munich calling for a hard lockdown
More than 100 people took part in a rally in Munich to demand a tough but united lockdown

And in Hamburg, a procession protesting the restrictions was bombarded with eggs and tomatoes by some 300 counter-protesters on bicycles, a police spokesperson said.

As a result, the procession of 109 vehicles had to be stopped prematurely.

With DPA material.

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