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Live: Wieler and Spahn give a new assessment of the Corona situation – "The situation is more dramatic than ever before"

The corona numbers in Germany continue to rise. Lothar Wieler and Jens Spahn provide information about the situation today.

  • Health Minister Jens Spahn * (CDU *) and RKI boss Lothar Wieler will be providing information about the current Corona situation * at a federal press conference today.
  • In view of the rising incidence *, Wieler had already urgently advised booster vaccinations.
  • In the meantime, more than 5.5 million people in Germany have been infected with the coronavirus *.

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+++ Update, 10:05 a.m.: In the current federal press conference, Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) urgently advises on contact restrictions. 2G Plus is needed, major events need to be canceled, according to Spahn. “The situation is dramatically more serious than at any point in the pandemic.” In particular, the burden on the health system must be prevented.

The transition from the old to the new government should not lead to delays in the fight against the corona pandemic, said Spahn.

+++ Update, 09.55 a.m.: The press conference with Jens Spahn and Lothar Wieler begins in a few minutes. Concern about a new Corona mutant from South Africa * is also likely to be an issue.

First report from Friday, November 26th, 2021, 9.45 a.m.: Experts describe the corona pandemic as a natural disaster in slow motion. The number of people who died in this country now corresponds to the number of inhabitants in many large cities. And it shouldn’t stay that way. If there is no progress with the vaccinations, Germany will have to prepare for at least 100,000 more corona deaths “before the fairway calms down,” said the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten recently. “That is a conservative estimate.”

Today at 10 a.m., RKI boss Lothar Wieler and the acting Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn want to give a new assessment of the drama of the fourth wave at a press conference.

Corona pandemic in Germany: Lothar Wieler calls for vaccinations

According to the RKI, 100,476 people in Germany have died after a corona infection since the beginning of the pandemic (as of November 26, 2021). As the institute reported early Friday morning, citing data from the health authorities, more than 5.5 million people in this country have been infected with the corona virus. The nationwide seven-day incidence rose again and is now 438.2.

In view of the rapidly increasing incidence figures, Wieler had already called for a “national effort” to vaccinate as many people as possible. There was enough vaccine, said Wieler in an interview with the Catholic News Agency (KNA). Wieler sees the situation as dramatic; the number of infections rose “still rapidly”. Without drastic restrictions on contacts, “medical care in many hospitals will no longer be guaranteed”. Further partial lockdowns in certain regions are political decisions; but he hardly sees any alternative.

Rising incidence figures – RKI boss urgently advises booster vaccinations against corona

The RKI boss also urgently recommended a booster vaccination against Corona. It represents a “qualitative leap”, is “significantly more effective, both against diseases and against transmission”.

In view of the unchecked increase in the number of infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel is also urging additional measures to contain the pandemic. “Every day counts here,” said Merkel on Thursday (November 25th, 2021) in Berlin. (red / dpa / kna) * fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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