Reuters.- German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff fears that the number of new coronavirus cases will skyrocket in the coming weeks and could reach 100,000 a day by the end of September, causing big problems for many companies, he said. to the weekly Bild am Sonntag.
After more than two months of steady decline, cases have increased in the larger European economy since early July, mainly due to the spread of the more infectious Delta variant.
Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told Bild am Sonntag that cases were increasing 60% per week, despite the fact that almost half of the population is fully vaccinated.
«If the Delta variant continued to spread at this rate and we didn’t counter it with a very high vaccination rate or behavior change, we would have an incidence of 850 (per 100,000 people) in just nine weeks,» he said.
«That would be equivalent to 100,000 new infections a day,» he noted, adding that the effect would be huge to have so many people quarantined.
“The impact on the work processes in the factories would be enormous. We are already seeing it in the UK ”, he emphasized.
The Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases reported Sunday that the number of cases has risen by 1,387 in the past day, to 3.76 million, with a 7-day incidence rising to 13.8 per 100,000 people.
Braun urged the Germans to get vaccinated. About 60% of the 83 million Germans have been vaccinated for the first time and about 48% are fully vaccinated.
Although Germany has made clear that it will not force people to get vaccinated, Braun said those who refused would face some restrictions.9