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Rising numbers of infections: Merkel “very worried” about Corona


Status: 10/30/2021 12:28 p.m.

In view of the increasing number of corona infections, Chancellor Merkel has once again warned her to be careful. The fact that millions of people over 60 have not yet been vaccinated makes them “very sad”. She also commented on the Kimmich case.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed concern about the current situation in the corona pandemic. The development of the hospitalization values ​​and the number of deaths caused her “great concern”, said the former CDU leader of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. “It should worry all of us,” added Merkel.

In view of the increasing number of corona infections, the outgoing Chancellor also warned against carelessness in dealing with the pandemic. Nevertheless, she continues to say that there is no compulsory vaccination in this country. “But that two or three million Germans over 60 are still unvaccinated, for example, makes me very sad, because that could make a difference for them personally as well as for society as a whole.”

Merkel defends restrictions on civil liberties

Regarding the case of the unvaccinated Bayern professional footballer Joshua Kimmich, Merkel said that he too had the right not to be vaccinated. On Kimmich’s reasoning, which among other things referred to the lack of long-term studies on the vaccines, Merkel said that there are “very good factual arguments that are generally available”. Merkel said that Kimmich might still be thinking about it. “He is known as a very reflective footballer.”

Meanwhile, Merkel defended the sometimes drastic restrictions on civil liberties during the pandemic. She saw it as the state’s task to protect the health of as many people as possible and to prevent the hospitals from being overloaded. “Of course one can argue about this or that measure,” said Merkel. Perhaps the most controversial was the exit restriction. “Anyone who wanted to caricature asked what was so bad about it when an individual walks alone on the street after 10 p.m.” But it was about preventing meetings and contacts.

Compared to France, for example, the restrictions on freedom of movement were still cautious. “There were restrictions in the radius, in the number of hours, with forms and much more.”

“It was particularly bitter for children and young people”

Regarding allegations that she had too little understanding for the burden on children, Merkel said: “It was particularly bitter for the children and adolescents – I knew that at all times. We demanded a lot from them.”


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