Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched an urgent call asking the population to be vaccinated against the coronavirus (Covid-19), while He warned that “very difficult weeks” are coming for the country.
“Very difficult weeks await us,” Merkel said. in his weekly video message, adding that a year ago the inhabitants were in an equally serious situation, but the difference is that now there are vaccines.
“We just have to take advantage of them, take advantage of them quickly. I ask you to do it and also try to convince your family and friends “, urged the president.
MErkel stressed that all Covid-19 patients should receive the best possible treatmentBut there must also be space and staff in hospitals for anyone else who needs treatment.
“However, that is exactly what is no longer possible in the districts most affected by the coronavirus. Hospital wards are full, patients have to be transferred to other places. Surgery appointments are canceled. Doctors and health personnel, who still remember very well the last pandemic winter, are already on the verge of being overwhelmed again ”, warned Merkel.
The chancellor appealed to the federal authorities and regional organizations to act together in view of the meeting next Thursday to decide the course to follow to stop the fourth wave of infections.
Merkel pointed to the so-called hospitalization rate, which indicates the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals per 100,000 inhabitants.
He added that the federal government and state governments should agree “very quickly” on a common threshold value above which further action can be taken to contain the pandemic; in a binding way, depending on the regional infection levels.
This threshold should be determined wisely so that the necessary measures are not taken too late, He stressed, noting that if a federal state is about to be overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients in its hospitals, this immediately affects its neighboring states.
In addition, Merkel stressed the importance of booster vaccines and he warned that in this also we must act quickly, since such a measure is a real opportunity to break the wave of infections this autumn and next winter.