Germany’s future coalition feels heat as country braces for fourth wave

They aim to end lockdowns and curfew by 25 November, despite the country’s seven-day-incidence-rate rising by 200% in a month. [EPA-EFE / CLEMENS BILAN]

The future coalition of the social democrat SPD, the Greens and the business-friendly liberals FDP has been criticised for hurrying to remove the legal basis for COVID-19 restrictions. They aim to end lockdowns and curfew by 25 November, despite the country’s seven-day-incidence-rate rising by 200% in a month.

“We now urgently need uniform solutions,” said Bavarian minister-president Markus Söder. But “the traffic light parties are completely ducking away.”

“The states can already implement the three things that are particularly necessary now,” explained SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach.

The Robert Koch Institute had reported the incidence of new infections to be 183.7 out of 100,000 citizens on Saturday, while Friday saw a record number of total new infections per day: 37,120 compared to 21,534 the week before.

Some Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia communities now have seven-day incidence rates of over 700 new infections for every 100,000 citizens. All three states are in the bottom third when it comes to vaccination rates among German states.

By 4 November, 64.9% of Bavarians, 57% of Saxonians and 60.9% of Thuringians had been fully vaccinated. COVID-19 related deaths are also up, 142 per day following last week’s 90.

(Nikolaus J. Kurmayer  | EURACTIV.de)

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