You are here: Home » Current Affairs » Coronavirus » News
Business Standard

Germany set to plan new coronavirus measures as numbers spike

Germany's national disease control center reported a record-high number of more than 50,000 daily coronavirus cases Thursday

Germany | Coronavirus

AP  |  Berlin 

Photo: Shutterstock

Germany's national disease control center reported a record-high number of more than 50,000 daily cases Thursday as the country's parliament was set to discuss legislation that would provide a new legal framework for measures.

The Robert Koch Institute registered 50,196 new cases, up from 33,949 daily cases a week earlier. Infections have risen so quickly in recent days that hospitals in especially affected regions canceled planned surgeries again so medical personnel could focus on COVID-19 patients.

The institute also reported 237 daily COVID-19 deaths, bringing Germany's pandemic death toll to 97,198. One of the country's top virologists, Christian Drosten, warned Wednesday that another 100,000 people could die in coming months if the country's vaccination rate didn't accelerate quickly.

Unlike some other European countries, has balked at making vaccinations mandatory for certain categories of workers. Yet the country has struggled to find ways to persuade more people to get shots voluntarily.

At least 67 per cent of the population of 83 million is fully vaccinated, according to official figures.

In Germany, I must say, unfortunately, that our vaccination rate isn't high enough to prevent the fast spread of the virus, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday night.

has a caretaker national government following a September parliamentary election.

The parties that are expected to form the next government plan to introduce legislation that would allow an epidemic situation of national scope declaration, in place since March 2020, to expire at the end of the month. They want to replace it with a new legal framework for instituting measures.

As during other periods of the pandemic, has a patchwork of regional rules. Most places restrict access to many indoor facilities and events to people who have been vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 or tested negative for the virus, although the latter option is being excluded in some areas.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, November 11 2021. 16:27 IST