More than 100,000 people, exactly 100,119, have died of covid in Germany since the start of the pandemic, the federal health authority (RKI) announced on Thursday, accounting for 351 deaths in the last 24 hours.
In one day, the RKI also counted 75,961 new contaminations, a new high at a time when the largest European economy fears a saturation of hospitals. The seven-day incidence also reached a record high at 419.7.
The situation puts in difficulty the new government coalition which will take the head of the country in December, while Germany had weathered the first waves of the pandemic better than other European countries.
More generally, the Old Continent is by far the region of the world most affected by the pandemic at present, with more than 2.5 million cases and nearly 30,000 deaths recorded in the past week. And the trend remains on the rise, especially in countries with the lowest vaccination rates.
The coronavirus has killed more than 5.16 million people worldwide since the end of 2019, including nearly 1.5 million in Europe, according to a report established by AFP from official sources.
The incidence in Germany had for the first time exceeded Wednesday the mark of 400 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. Several regions have reinstated strict restrictions to stem the fourth wave of infections, the strongest since the appearance of the virus.
Some 69% of the German population are fully vaccinated, less than in other European countries like France, where the rate reaches 75%.
“The situation is serious,” admitted Wednesday Olaf Scholz, future Social Democratic leader of the government after a coalition agreement with the Greens and the Liberals of the FDP, promising to “do everything” in the face of the pandemic.
However, the new coalition seems to exclude for the moment the idea of national confinement, and relies on the generalization of the health pass in transport and access restrictions for the unvaccinated, for example for cultural places, and vaccination. .
Germany must “study” a possible “extension” of the vaccination obligation, in force in the army and soon in health facilities, said Mr. Scholz. A billion euros will also be released in favor of nursing staff and nursing assistants.
The outgoing government of Angela Merkel extended Wednesday until April 2022 the aid granted to companies affected by closures or decreases in income as well as the partial unemployment scheme.
According to WHO Europe, Covid-19 could kill 700,000 more on the continent by spring.
The European wave is explained according to the world organization by the combination of the prevalence of the Delta variant, insufficient vaccination coverage and the relaxation of anti-Covid measures.
In the European Union, 67.7% of the population has received two doses of the vaccine but the differences are huge between countries. According to figures from Tuesday, only 24.2% of Bulgarians are vaccinated against 86.7% of Portuguese.
The continent must now take “urgent” measures to try to curb the new wave of Covid-19 warned Wednesday The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the EU health agency in charge of epidemics .
Especially since the Delta variant, very contagious, has reduced the effectiveness of vaccines against the transmission of the disease to 40%, underlined the boss of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Additional restrictions have been put in place in several countries, such as Slovakia or Italy; France is preparing to announce new measures on Thursday, including “strengthening of the health pass”.