The coronavirus pandemic will last at least another few months, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“Of course, the hardest months of the pandemic — you can, I think, anticipate that — are yet to come,” Merkel said at a meeting of the Christian Social Union (CSU) land group at the Bundestag in Berlin on Thursday, Jan. 7.
At the same time, the chancellor noted that thanks to the coronavirus vaccine already available, the difficult time will be “accompanied by a glimmer of hope.” After the pandemic, it will be “a very difficult task” to create equal living conditions for all citizens, and in this regard, it will be important to avoid a split in society, said the German Prime Minister.
Lockdown in Germany tightened and extended
More than 26.3 thousand cases of infection with coronavirus were detected in Germany in the last 24 hours and 1070 deaths among patients with COVID-19 were confirmed. Since infection has entered the country, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been detected in 1,835,038 people, 37,607 infected have died and about 1.5 million have recovered.
In November, a second severe lockdown was imposed in Germany. On January 5, at a meeting of representatives of the German federal states and the government, it was decided to extend and tighten the restrictions. In particular, in cities where more than 200 new cases of infection per 100 thousand people will be detected within seven days, residents will be forbidden to leave home without a valid reason at a distance of 15 km.
In addition, non-food stores, hairdressers, sports, entertainment, and other institutions remain closed, schools switched to distance learning, kindergartens do not work.