More than 100,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Germany since the start of the pandemic, a public health agency announced Thursday.
Europe’s largest economy is grappling with a new wave of coronavirus cases and has recorded 351 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 100,119, according to figures from the Robert Koch Institute.
As infections hit record highs and intensive care units fill up, the health crisis poses an immediate challenge to the new coalition government set to succeed Angela Merkel’s cabinet.
Some hospitals are already facing “acute overload” which has made it necessary to transfer Covid patients abroad, said Gernot Marx, head of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine.
Last week, Germany announced tighter Covid restrictions, including requiring people to prove they are vaccinated, cured or have recently tested negative for the virus before they can travel on public transport or travel. go to the workplace.
Several of the worst affected areas have gone further and ordered new closures.
The spike sparked a fierce debate in Germany over whether to follow Austria’s lead and make vaccination compulsory for all citizens.
New Chancellor Olaf Scholz has expressed support for mandatory jabs and said his new government will invest € 1 billion in bonuses for healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic.
The fourth wave of the virus in Germany was partly blamed on its relatively low vaccination rate of around 69 percent, compared to other European countries like France, where it stands at 75 percent.