World Germany, With Higher Vaccination Rate Than U.S., Sees Biggest Ever Surge in COVID Cases
The US and Europe have finally reconnected, but they're moving in different directions on Covid-19
In September, when the White House announced its long-awaited plan to welcome vaccinated European travelers, the United States was consumed by a Covid-19 surge that far outpaced Europe's.At that point the US rate of new cases per capita dwarfed Europe's by nearly three to one. While European governments were plotting their roadmaps towards normality, America was battling a rise in infections and warning of pressure on hospitals.
German Chancellorhas announced a fresh wave of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, as the country grapples with its .
Germany, which currently has a higher vaccination rate than the U.S. at about 67.24 percent, is—likeexperiencing a record spike in COVID-19 cases.
As virus surges in Eastern Europe, leaders slow to act
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — At the main hospital in Romania's capital, the morgue ran out of space for the dead in recent days, and doctors in Bulgaria have suspended routine surgeries so they can tend to a surge in COVID-19 patients. In the Serbian capital, the graveyard now operates an extra day during the week in order to bury all the bodies arriving. For two months now, a stubborn wave of virus infections has ripped mercilessly through several countries in Central and Eastern Europe, where vaccination rates are much lower than elsewhere on the continent. While medical workers pleaded for tough restrictions or even lockdowns, leaders let the virus rage unimpeded for weeks.
On Thursday the country reported its highest daily surge in COVID-19 cases at 65,371 new infections, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany's disease control agency.
It marked the first time Germany had reported more than 60,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day.
Merkel, the outgoing German chancellor, said the "dramatic" situation was the result of the fourth wave "hitting our country with full force."
Although Germany's vaccination rate surpasses that of the U.S., which is currently 58.9 percent per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (), it has one of the lowest in western Europe.
After a crisis meeting with Germany's 16 state premiers, Merkel announced she would roll out more stringent restrictions for the unvaccinated to tackle the spike in the country.
Covid: Germany cases hit record high with Merkel warning of 'dramatic' situation
Germany reported its highest single day surge of Covid-19 infections as Chancellor Angela Merkel said the "dramatic" situation was the result of the fourth wave "hitting our country with full force."Germany reported its highest single day surge of Covid-19 infections as Chancellor Angela Merkel said the "dramatic" situation was the result of the fourth wave "hitting our country with full force.
In areas that surpass a threshold of three people hospitalized with COVID-19 per 100,000, only those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, or have been infected before, will be able to enter places such as restaurants and cultural and sporting venues.
According to Politico, 12 states currently breach that threshold.
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Additionally, further restrictions will also be rolled out in states that surpass a threshold of nine hospitalizations per 100,000 people, Merkel said.
"The current pandemic situation in Germany is dramatic, I can't say it any other way," she told mayors on Wednesday. "It would be a disaster to act only when the intensive care units are full, because then it would be too late."
Merkel and Germany's 16 state premiers also agreed to roll out a vaccine mandate for care home and hospital workers.
Bodies pile up outside hospital morgue as Romania struggles with fourth wave of Covid
"It's relentless -- relentless," sighed nurse Claudiu Ionita, standing in front of a line of gurneys in Bucharest University Hospital's morgue. On each gurney lay a body inside a black plastic bag. © CNN Freshly laid graves at the biggest graveyard in Suceava, in northeast Romania, which has the third-highest Covid-19 mortality rate in the country. The morgue has a capacity for 15 bodies, but on the day CNN visited, it had received 41. The excess bodies filled the corridor outside, while wails echoed from within the morgue. A woman had been allowed inside for a final glimpse of her father.
"We are currently heading toward a serious emergency," said RKI director Lothar Wieler. "We are going to have a really terrible Christmas if we don't take countermeasures now.
The U.S. is similarly experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 infections as the holiday season approaches.
According to data from the CDC, as of November 15, the U.S. recorded an average of 83,671 COVID-19 cases over the past week. In contrast, on October 24, the country had a weekly average of around 63,000 new infections.
On Thursday, Dr.said he believes COVID-19 booster doses will be critical to the nation reaching endemic level.
"To me, if you want to get to endemic, you have got to get the level of infection so low that it does not have an impact on society, on your life, on your economy," Fauci said during a Reuters Total Health conference. "People will still get infected. People might still get hospitalized, but the level would be so low that we don't think about it all the time and it doesn't influence what we do."
"Look what other countries are doing now about adopting a booster campaign virtually for everybody. I think if we do that, and we do it in earnest, I think by the spring we can have pretty good control of this," he added.
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"With the highly contagious Delta variant this is very, very likely and that's why we are recommending vaccination so urgently," said Germany's health minister.The Associated Press reported Monday that more than 30,000 new cases were reported in Germany in the past 24 hours, about a 50 percent increase from last week. The country's COVID-19 death toll is expected to pass 100,000 this week.
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The daily average of new coronavirus cases has nearly tripled over the past two weeks, as the delta variant races across the U.S. and ravages states with low vaccination rates, particularly in the South.Every state has seen its daily case count increase during that period. Among them, 21 saw their numbers double, 19 reported cases tripling and two even saw their numbers quadrupled, according to data from The New York Times.On top of that,Every state has seen its daily case count increase during that period. Among them, 21 saw their numbers double, 19 reported cases tripling and two even saw their numbers quadrupled, according to data from The New York Times.