Reuters, Berlin, April 1-Reuters, Berlin, April 1-The German Association of Critical and Emergency Medicine cited Germany’s urgently needed two-week ban, faster vaccination and mandatory testing to break the third coronavirus pandemic.
Christian Karagiannidis, DIVI’s scientific director, said that since mid-March, about 1,000 more patients have been in intensive care. DIVI data shows that on Wednesday, 3,680 people in Germany received intensive care.
He told the Rheinische Post every day: “If we continue to maintain this speed, we will reach the normal capacity limit in less than four weeks.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to be condemned for failing to develop a plan to reverse the increase in the German coronavirus infection rate, and accused the uncooperative prime minister of increasingly chaotic management of the crisis.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday increased by 24,300 to 2.833 million, the largest increase since January 14. The reported death toll increased by 201 to 76,543.
In the past 7 days that the government used as a key indicator to determine the lockdown procedure, the number of cases per 100,000 cases increased from 132 on Wednesday to 134 cases, compared with 113 cases a week ago.
Karagiannidis requires a two-week hard ban, mandatory inspections at schools twice a week, and shots at vaccination centers and doctors’ clinics much faster.
Klaus Holetschek, Minister of Health of Bavaria, stated on the ARD TV station that he would consider mandatory examinations for teachers and students, and pointed out that the willingness to take the examinations voluntarily did not meet his expectations.
The prime ministers of two southern German states were hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday and urged leaders in other parts of the country to re-impose stricter lockdown measures to curb the third wave of infections. (Reporting by Emma Thomasson, editing by William Maclean)