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Germany: 'We must prevent third wave' - healthcare officials support stricter COVID measures03:48

Germany: 'We must prevent third wave' - healthcare officials support stricter COVID measures

Germany, Berlin
January 22, 2021 at 15:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

German health officials made a number of statement in support of stricter anti-COVID measures at a news conference in Berlin. It comes as the government announced its latest restrictions earlier in the week.

"We can also see when we're dealing with such a mutation, that it also makes sense to adjust the measures once again. And that also explains the mandatory use of medical protective masks in certain areas, such as public transport," said German Health Minister Jens Spahn.

Meanwhile, Gernot Marx, the Head of German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine said the situation was nearly critical: "At the peak, at the beginning of January, on January 3 to be precise, there were almost 5,800 patients with this illness at the intensive care units. In my opinion, this was the most critical situation for intensive care medicine in Germany since the beginning of its existence."

The country has registered nearly 2,132,000 COVID-19 cases with 51,729 related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins Universities.

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German health officials made a number of statement in support of stricter anti-COVID measures at a news conference in Berlin. It comes as the government announced its latest restrictions earlier in the week.

"We can also see when we're dealing with such a mutation, that it also makes sense to adjust the measures once again. And that also explains the mandatory use of medical protective masks in certain areas, such as public transport," said German Health Minister Jens Spahn.

Meanwhile, Gernot Marx, the Head of German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine said the situation was nearly critical: "At the peak, at the beginning of January, on January 3 to be precise, there were almost 5,800 patients with this illness at the intensive care units. In my opinion, this was the most critical situation for intensive care medicine in Germany since the beginning of its existence."

The country has registered nearly 2,132,000 COVID-19 cases with 51,729 related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins Universities.

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