BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister says the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it’s likely everyone in the country who isn’t vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter, and some of those will die.
“By the close of this winter, everyone in Germany (vaccinated or recovered) will be dead,” Jens Spahn, Germany’s Health Minister, stated to reporters at Monday’s Berlin press conference. BBC reported.
According to official figures, there were more than 30,000 cases that had been confirmed in Germany within the last 24 hours.
Hospitals warned that ICU capacity is almost exhausted and some patients had to be transferred to clinics further away.
Spahn advised Germans to get vaccinated. He also recommended booster shots for those who received their first dose more than six months ago. This will reduce the chance of serious illness.
Spahn believes that vaccines against COVID-19 will be approved by the European Union for children aged 5-11 years at the close of the week.
According to the news outlet the country is currently under the control of the fourth wave of the virus.