Meanwhile, three German state health ministers urged parties negotiating to form a new government to prolong the power of states to implement stricter pandemic measures, such as school closings or school closings, as the incidence rate of COVID in seven days in the country reached record levels.
The number of people per 100,000 infected last week rose to 277.4, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed on Saturday, and has risen to more than 500 in some regions of the country.
The director of Germany’s largest doctors association, Marburger Bund, told German media group Funke Mediengruppe that overloaded intensive care units might need to move patients from one region to another to find beds in the coming weeks. .
The federal government and the leaders of Germany’s 16 states are due to discuss new measures against the pandemic next week, but the three parties negotiating to form a new government agreed to let the state of emergency, in force since the start of the pandemic, expires next November. 25 as planned.
But the state health ministers of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hessen and Brandenburg argued that states should keep open the option of implementing policies that would require a state of emergency to enforce, such as curfews, school closings or closures, should the situation it got worse.
“Faced with the burden on hospitals, which in some regions are close to absolute overload, the state of the epidemic must be prolonged nationwide,” the three health ministers said in a joint statement on Saturday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged unvaccinated people to reconsider their decision in a video message Saturday morning. He also called for stricter enforcement of rules requiring a negative test, vaccination, or recovery test before entering confined spaces, and faster implementation of booster shots.
“Difficult weeks ahead and you can see that I am very concerned,” Merkel said, speaking on her weekly video podcast. “I urgently ask all those who have not yet been vaccinated: reconsider.”
The German army is preparing to mobilize 12,000 soldiers before Christmas to help overwhelmed health services, the Spiegel newspaper reported, and will provide booster shots and tests in nursing homes and hospitals.
So far, 630 soldiers have been deployed, Spiegel reported. The military was not immediately available for comment.
Europe has once again become the epicenter of the pandemic, prompting some governments to consider re-imposing unpopular closures.