Angela Merkel Calls for Another German National Lockdown
German Chancellor has been forced by a third wave of the coronavirus spiking over 15,000 new cases a day to call for a short, sharp national lockdown.
The Covid-19 crisis in Germany refuses to fade. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been forced to call for a ‘short national lockdown’ to curb Germany’s coronavirus crisis just two weeks after she apologized for suggesting the need for a five-day Easter shutdown.
A third wave of the pandemic is spiking new cases of Covid-19 to an average of 15,000 cases per day over the last week - the fifth-highest infection rate in Europe.
Angela Merkel, the leader of the Christian Democrat party in Germany, was forced by the uproar and backlash over her suggestion in late March that she was considering a plan to close all shops from April 1, 2021, to April 5, 2021, to backtrack and not impose the proposed lockdown. Now the rapid growth in new coronavirus cases is forcing her to call for and impose the lockdown no one wants as the country tries to vaccinate as many people as it can.
Merkel, 66 humbled herself and described by political analysts a groveling speech to the German parliament a few weeks ago as the backlash was in full force, her suggestion of an Easter shutdown said…
‘I deeply regret it, and for that, I ask all citizens’ forgiveness,’
‘The mistake is my mistake alone; a mistake must be called just that.’
Yesterday, however, her spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer, signaled yet another flip-flop by the Chancellor as she told reporters that a rising number of intensive care patients meant ‘every call for a short, uniform lockdown is right.’ In other words, the mistake was not as she suggested in front of the German Parliament that a shutdown wasn’t needed, but instead, the mistake was NOT locking down the country.
Merkel’s spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer went on to say… ‘We need a stable incidence below 100,’ referring to the number of cases over seven days per 100,000 inhabitants. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the incidence rate is currently 110.1. This means that new infections stand at 59% of the peak, which was recorded at Christmas.
Germany now finds its average daily death count from Covid-19 runs at 144 Covid deaths per day, which is STILL a downward trajectory that began in early January. However, the rise in new infections can’t be ignored and is inextricably linked to the EU’s woeful roll-out of its vaccination efforts.
Germany has vaccinated about 8.6%of the country, while the United States has vaccinated at least 150 million people with one shot, 18% of its population with the needed two shots. Britain has done one of the best jobs at vaccinating, reaching nearly half its population.
Chancellor Merkel’s forced reversal from not shutting down to now pushing for a shutdown is based on a meeting in March between her and the leaders of Germany’s 16 states in which they agreed to set national Covid-19 rules. These rules included strict shutdowns and possible curfews in areas with more than 100 new infections per 100,000 people over seven days.
That’s where the numbers are now. Even though under Germany’s federal system, each state can ultimately decide its own rules, the Chancellor must stick with the national Covid-19 regulations agreed upon. Especially now that the German health system is under intense pressure, German has seen a five percent increase in occupied intensive care beds in just 24 hours.
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