Germany Struggles as COVID-19 Cases Soar

Susanne Herold and colleagues saw it coming.
Early this summer, the head of infectious diseases at the University Hospital of Giessen and other scientists ran the numbers for COVID-19’s expected fourth wave in Germany. They warned that 85% of the population would need to be vaccinated to stave off a health system crisis, The New York Times reports.
But just 67.5% of Germans are vaccinated so far, and the fourth wave has hit with brutal force, according to Deutsche Welle.

  • New cases hit 23,607 in the last 24 hours.
  • New cases per 100,000 in the last 7 days reached a record 303. That number topped the previous record of 200 just a week ago.

“It’s our low rate of vaccination — we haven’t done what was necessary,” said Herold.
In addition to a strong anti-vax movement, Germany is dealing with another pandemic challenge: It’s transitioning from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to the new one, leaving the country in “political limbo,” the Times notes.
Lockdown power: 3 German state health ministers were calling for states to continue to have the power to institute strict measures including lockdown, Reuters reports.

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