Federal health minister warns: Germany is now the country with the highest incidence of COVID-19 in Europe. Lauterbach calls for vaccination

In light of the continued high incidence of COVID-19 in Germany, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has once again appealed to citizens to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. He tweeted on Sunday morning that Germany currently has the highest incidence of COVID-19 in Europe, the highest number of newly registered cases of the disease per hundred thousand inhabitants. He added: “Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccinated are now often careless. They know that they can get infected, but that usually the disease is not severe. The unvaccinated are now unprotected”.

Lauterbach presented a graph comparing the incidence of COVID-19 in different European countries. The federal health minister has repeatedly called for vaccination against coronavirus. But still only about 75 percent of Germans are fully vaccinated, a percentage that has hardly changed in recent weeks.

Controversial bill Wednesday in Bundestag

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported on Sunday that the seven-day incidence rate, or the number of infections counted per hundred thousand inhabitants on seven consecutive days, has for the first time exceeded the threshold of 1,500 cases. It currently stands at 1526.8 Health authorities in Germany have reported 146,607 new coronavirus infections in a single 24-hour period to the Robert Koch Institute.

The controversial bill drafted by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach and Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP), which envisages the lifting of most of the restrictions in place across Germany to combat the pandemic, is to be debated first in the Bundestag on Wednesday.

Source: www.rnd.de, www.insidegermany.co

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