The health system could reach its limits in April, warns the German Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn. The numbers are rising too quickly right now.
Jens Spahn (CDU) warns of a collapse of the German health system.
He is particularly concerned about the rapid increase in the number of cases and the new virus variants.
The President of the Robert Koch Institute is also alarmed.
Germany’s Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has warned that the German health system could soon be overloaded if the number of corona infections continues to rise. “At the moment the numbers are rising too quickly and the virus variants make the situation particularly dangerous,” he said on Friday in Berlin. “If this continues unchecked, we run the risk that our health system will reach its limits in the course of April.”
Federal government pulls the emergency brake
The President of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, also painted a gloomy picture. There are “clear signals” that the third corona wave that has now begun “can become even worse than the first two waves,” he said at the joint press conference with Spahn. The country must be prepared for the fact that the number of infected people will rise sharply, that clinics will be overloaded and “many people will also die”.
“If we do not take massive countermeasures immediately, the consequences will be serious,” stressed Spahn. He called on the population to reduce contacts and comply with the pandemic containment rules.
Merkel says sorry
Spahn appealed to the federal states to “consistently implement” the agreed emergency brake to withdraw openings. Citizens should also “ideally only meet outside”. Both Spahn and Wieler also asked to use the opportunity to vaccinate.
After Germany decided to extend the lockdown until Easter on Tuesday, there was sharp criticism from the federal states. That triggered additional uncertainty, said Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I deeply regret that, and I ask all citizens to forgive me for it.”
(AFP / mur)