1 in 100 people infected with the virus, according to the Minister of Health – .

1 in 100 people infected with the virus, according to the Minister of Health – .

BERLIN – Germany’s Health Minister said on Friday that more than one percent of the population – nearly a million people – is currently infected with the coronavirus, and called on citizens to get vaccinated if they do not have not yet done so.

The country has confirmed 74,352 new daily cases of COVID-19 and 390 additional deaths, according to figures released by the federal disease control agency. According to calculations by the Robert Koch Institute, some 925,800 people in Germany are considered to be actively infected with the virus.

Health Minister Jens Spahn noted that the number of unvaccinated residents who are infected and seriously ill is much higher than their share of the overall population.

“If all German adults were vaccinated, we wouldn’t be in this predicament,” he told reporters in Berlin.

Spahn spoke a day after federal and state leaders announced tough new restrictions that widely target unvaccinated people, preventing them from entering non-essential shops, restaurants, sporting and cultural venues.

The government also plans to bring a general mandate on vaccines to parliament for consideration. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said lawmakers could vote on the issue in early January.

Spahn, who is expected to step down next week when Germany’s new center-left government takes office, opposed the mandatory vaccination and made it clear on Friday that he would vote against the measure.

About 68.8% of Germans are fully immunized, while the government has set a minimum target of 75%. For the first time since the summer, more than 1 million doses were administered in a single day on Wednesday.

Authorities in Berlin have banned a demonstration scheduled for Saturday by opponents of the pandemic measures. Police in the capital said past protests have shown participants not following infection prevention rules, including refusing to wear masks.

The German association for intensive care medicine, DIVI, welcomed the newly agreed restrictions. But its boss, Gernot Marx, told the dpa news agency that the number of COVID-19 patients treated in intensive care units would likely hit a new high during the holiday season.

Robert Koch Institute director Lothar Wieler warned that a plateau in new cases seen in some areas could be the result of local laboratories and health units reaching the limits of what they can. to treat.

“It is therefore too early to read a trend reversal there, let alone to refrain from more stringent measures,” he said.


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