Things are not going well on the Continent.
Germany’s third wave of the coronavirus could turn into the worst one so far and 100,000 new daily infections are not out of the question, the head of the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Friday.
The number of new confirmed coronavirus infections in Germany has jumped in recent weeks, driven by a more transmissible variant of the virus known as B117 and first steps to ease some lockdown restrictions.
Lothar Wieler said:
“There are clear signals that this wave will be worse than the first two waves. We have some very difficult weeks ahead of us.”
Health Minister Jens Spahn told the same news conference that Germany was in the final stages of the “pandemic marathon”, but warned the country’s health system could reach its limit in April.
The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by 21,573 on Friday, while the death toll increased by 183.
Spahn said a requirement for all airline passengers entering Germany to provide a negative coronavirus test would come into force at midnight on Monday.
Only 10% of Germans have received even the first round of vaccine shots, compared with 14% of Americans who are fully vaccinated, and another 12% to 15% that have received at least one shot.