the daily number of new infections could rise to hundreds of thousands within two months


Helge Braun urged the German population to vaccinate as many people as possible.

In Germany, the number of people infected with the coronavirus could rise to hundreds of thousands a day in two months, unless more people are vaccinated and those who refuse to be vaccinated can expect restrictions, German Chancellor Helge Braun told Bild am Sonntag. After a gradual decline of more than two months, the epidemic curve has been rising again in early July in Germany, largely due to the spread of a more contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. According to Helge Braun, the number of cases is currently growing by 60 percent a week despite the fact that almost half of the population has been fully vaccinated.

“If the delta variant continues to spread at this rate and is not offset by a very high vaccination rate or a change in behavioral patterns, we will have to reckon with 850 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in just nine weeks.”

the chancellor said, adding that this equates to roughly a hundred thousand new infections a day, which would require many to be quarantined, causing upheaval in the economy. Helge Braun urged the German population to vaccinate as many people as possible. He suggested that those who have not yet been immunized but have a negative virus test may also face certain restrictions. “The number of new infections is growing faster than previous waves,” he warned. As he said, the argument in favor of vaccination is that it protects 90 percent from the development of a serious disease and “vaccinated people will certainly enjoy more freedom than those who have not been vaccinated.” He explained that this could even mean that it would not be possible for the latter to go to a restaurant, cinema or possibly a stadium given the very high risk. Roughly 60 percent of Germany’s population of 83 million received the first dose of one of the coronavirus vaccines, and 48 percent received the second. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has long announced that vaccination will not be made mandatory. Helge Braun’s suggestion provoked heated debates. Several leading politicians, including Armin Laschet, president of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU), have rejected the chancellor’s ideas. “I don’t think much about mandatory vaccinations or about indirectly putting pressure on people,” Laschet stressed as a joint chancellor candidate for the CDU and his Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), in the September German parliamentary elections. Speaking to public service television, ZDF said it welcomed the current regulations on vaccinated people, those with negative virus tests and those who were cured, which would allow them to take Estonian more widely in certain social activities. “In a liberal state, it’s not just certain groups of people who have liberties,” he added. In Germany, 3.7 million people have been identified since the outbreak, 91,524 of whom have died from the disease and its complications.


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