The health system is under threatening pressure, Ulrike Demmer warned at a press conference.
“That is why calls for a short and uniform confinement are justified,” said a government spokeswoman.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is in favor of the application of a short and uniform confinement throughout Germany, to curb the increase in infections by COVID-19, the spokeswoman considered.
The number of patients in intensive care has increased by 5% in one day, the government spokeswoman warned. The seven-day incidence rate reached 110.1 in Germany on Wednesday, with 9,677 officially registered cases and 298 deaths in 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute for Health Surveillance.
We need an incidence of less than 100, argued Demmer, warning that current data is likely biased due to the long Easter weekend.
One of the possible candidates to succeed the chancellor, the leader of the conservative CDU party, Armin Laschet, defended in recent days a confinement of two or three weeks to lower the incidence rate until the vaccination campaign takes effect. However, he was vague about the modalities, especially regarding possible new closings of schools and nurseries.
The vaccine from the Anglo-Swedish laboratory AstraZeneca is still in the pillory for its possible link to serious blood clots. “It is clear that there is a link with the vaccine, which causes this reaction. However, we still do not know why,” Marco Cavaleri, head of vaccine strategy at the European Medicines Agency (EMA), told an Italian newspaper.
Several countries decided to stop administering this vaccine in some age groups, including France, Germany and Canada.