Merkel warns of a “new pandemic” due to the spread of mutations. “He has won our hand,” said the Chancellor in the Bundestag in reference to the British variant of the covid.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel , has warned of a “new pandemic” of the coronavirus due to the spread of mutations , especially the British one, “more aggressive and infectious” but she trusted that with the vaccination we see “the light at the end of the tunnel “.
“He has won our hand,” said Merkel in the Bundestag, alluding to the spread of the British variant of the covid and after recalling that a new increase in infections has been observed in Germany, which raises the weekly incidence to 113 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Germany registered 22,657 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, about 5,000 more than a week ago, according to the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology.
The chancellor has trusted, however, that both the extension of the vaccines and the reinforcement and extension of the tests to locate how and where the covid spreads will help Germany and the European Union overcome the pandemic.
“We are in the third wave” , has confirmed the head of the German Government, who told the deputies that she understands the concerns of the citizens, called to comply with strict measures of restriction of public life.
Merkel has defended the German system of division of responsibilities between the federation and the Lander as an adequate way to combat the pandemic and has recognized that “everything cannot be organized from Berlin.”
The chancellor has not made reference in her statement at the beginning of the parliamentary debate to the revocation of the measures announced at the beginning of the week after a marathon meeting with regional leaders, for which she apologized on Wednesday in an unprecedented announcement .
But she has taken the opportunity to criticize those who “see the bottle half empty” when the action against the pandemic is valued and has been convinced that the situation will be overcome.