Entertainment COVID-19: Germany crosses the bar of 100,000 dead, Merkel quickly wishes a screw trick
Vikings' Kirk Cousins, Nate Stanley expected to return Thursday from COVID-19 list
Kirk Cousins and backup Nate Stanley are expected to return to practice Thursday. Both were deemed high-risk close contacts when Kellen Mond tested positive for the coronavirus. Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer would not say when Mond, who must miss at least 10 days per the league's protocols, may be back at practice. Vikings cornerback and eight-time Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson has campaigned for more of his teammates to get their COVID-19 vaccine shots amid reports that only 64.5% of Minnesota players are fully vaccinated.
"It's a very sad day," said Thursday Angela Merkel. Germany has exceeded a new threshold in the context of . More than 100,000 people died of the disease in the country. 100 119 Germans exactly have died of COVID-19 in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, announces the federal health authority ( ), accounting for 351 deaths over the last 24 hours. Former model pupil, Germany faces its most violent wave of coronavirus contamination when is preparing to take office. In one day, the RKI counted 75,961 new contaminations, a new record, when the first European economy fears a saturation of hospitals. The seven-day impact has also reached a record at 419.7 cases per 100,000 population. In Saxony, in the former GDR, it exceeded the threshold of 1,000. The President of the Faculty Heinz-Peter Meidinger warned against a running of the infections in schools, the under 12 years of age having no still access to the vaccine in the country. "The loss of control is already there, while some schools need to close because of infections homes," he deplored. For the Chancellor who no longer manages current affairs, "additional restrictions" are needed. As "every day counts", it offered its services to the Future Future Chancellor Social Democrat Olaf Scholz who should inherit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the next executive, the new team in power could harden his reply to the virus. "We leave ourselves ten days to see if we went far enough with the protective measures," she said on Wednesday night at the public TV. Only 69% of Germans are vaccinated, less than in other European countries like France, where the rate reaches 75%. "The situation is serious," admitted Wednesday Olaf Scholz, a future social democratic leader of the government after a coalition agreement with the Greens and the Liberals of the FDP, promising "doing everything" against the pandemic. The outgoing Government of Angela Merkel had extended Wednesday until April 2022 the aid granted to companies affected by closures or tax cuts as well as the partial unemployment system. A shortage of caregivers The health sector in Germany has drawn the alarm from the saturation of certain hospitals in the most affected areas of the South and East, while the country faces a shortage of caregivers which reduces the number of beds available in intensive care. Some institutions face "an acute overload" which required the transfer of patients abroad, also indicated Gernot Marx, who leads the German Association of Intensive Care Medicine. The health crisis has provoked a debate on the relevance of introducing . The new government agreed with the heads of regions, competent in health, to study this option, already valid for the soldiers of the Bundeswehr and, soon, for the staff of the care facilities. But calls to go further multiply.
Europe's Christmas markets warily open as COVID cases rise .
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The holiday tree is towering over the main square in this central German city, the chestnuts and sugared almonds are roasted, and kids are clambering aboard the merry-go-round just like they did before the pandemic. But a surge in coronavirus infections has left an uneasy feeling hanging over Frankfurt's Christmas market. To savor a mug of mulled wine — a pleasurable rite of winter in pre-pandemic times — masked customers must pass through a one-way entrance to a fenced-off wine hut, stopping at the hand sanitizer station.