Germany's Merkel stresses on need for vaccinations
Remarks by German chancellor, Angela Merkel
- Vaccination protects not just yourself, but people you care about
- The more we are vaccinated, the freer we will be
- Says there is no substitute for precautionary practices like wearing masks
- Infection numbers are rising at a concerning rate
The virus situation in Germany has been looking much better over the past two months but complacency is a dangerous thing. Total active cases today rose to ~16,500 and that's the highest figure in nearly a month, so there's that to be wary of.
That said, the 7-day incidence rate remains low at 12.2 and that remains a key benchmark in tracking the spread of infections in the country. For now, there is a need to keep the good habits in recent months going and avoid complacency. That's the message.
In terms of vaccinations, the good news is that nearly 50% of the German population is close to being fully vaccinated as of two days ago.