The picture of the covid epidemic in Germany today is dramatic. Angela Merkel does not consider the current measures in force in Germany sufficient to contain the wave of covid infections. “We have a highly dramatic situation. What is currently in force is not enough,” said the Chancellor quoted by some participants in the internal consultations at the top of the CDU in which Merkel participated in liaison from the Chancellery. “We have a situation – he added – that will go beyond what we have had so far. Vaccination is important and right but it does not help to stop the spread except over a longer period”.
“The Coronavirus situation is very worrying and is not under control at the moment”, said the president of the Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive and Emergency Medicine in Germany (Divi), Gernot Marx, who alerted the political class, urging them to prepare the possibility that the circulation of the virus is completely out of control. Currently over 3,670 Covid-19 patients are treated in intensive care units in Germany, 1,200 of whom were hospitalized last week.
In some regions, such as Bavaria, Thuringia and Saxony, there are situations of acute overload in intensive care units which force patients to be transferred and scheduled interventions postponed. Marx warned that if the new rules approved to contain the pandemic do not yield results, additional measures will have to be planned on December 9, when the 16 Laender premieres will meet to assess whether the measures in place are sufficient.