Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged citizens to help contain the pandemic. "We now have to do everything we can to ensure that the corona virus does not spread uncontrollably. Every day now counts," said the Chancellor in her weekly podcast. "I ask you: Refrain from any trip that is not really necessary, any celebration that is not really necessary. Please stay at home, wherever possible, at your place of residence."
"We decide how winter will be"
According to Merkel, Germany is in a "very serious phase". The number of new infections increases by leaps and bounds every day. The pandemic is spreading again rapidly, faster than at the beginning more than half a year ago. The comparatively relaxed summer is over, now difficult months are ahead of us. "How winter will be like our Christmas will be decided in the coming days and weeks. We all decide through our actions."
7830 new infections
The health authorities in Germany recently reported 7,830 new corona infections within one day, more than ever since the beginning of the pandemic. This comes from data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) from Saturday morning. On Friday, the highest value to date was registered with 7334 new cases.
Merkel appealed to each and every one of them to consistently maintain the minimum distance, to wear mouth and nose protection and to adhere to the rules of hygiene. "If each of us now significantly reduces our encounters outside of our own family for a while, then it can be possible to stop and reverse the trend towards more and more infections," continued the Chancellor.
"That is exactly my appeal to you today: meet significantly fewer people, whether outside or at home."
She knows that not only sounds harsh, but that it is also difficult to do without in individual cases, said Merkel. "But we only have to do it temporarily and we ultimately do it for ourselves: For our own health and for all those who we can save an illness. To ensure that our health system is not overwhelmed, that our children's schools and daycare centers are open stay. For our economy and our jobs. "
se / nob (epd, dpa, afp, rtr)