Merkel warns germany of the approaching corona autumn

Angela Merkel wastes no time. She kicks off her traditional summer press conference with an unsparing Corona inventory. "The virus is a democratic imposition." The pandemic had been "a deep cut for each of us", especially in the spring, and had dramatically changed working and private life. The next months with autumn and winter would still be difficult, Merkel warned.

On Thursday, Merkel and the prime ministers of the federal states had tried to agree on a unified but regionally adapted approach after months of much confusion. In the celebrations and family celebrations, which are important for many, it has succeeded only in part. It is still unclear when soccer matches with thousands of spectators can take place. More and more people are dissatisfied and take to the streets.

Corona: Merkel thanks Germans for being reasonable

Now she said over the summer many people could have been outdoors. Outside, he said, there is better protection against aerosols. Now, she says, it will be a matter of keeping those low as people move back indoors to workplaces, schools and homes.


Corona: is the fourth wave a problem in the west??

Great concern in the West, relative calm in the East: at first glance, the fourth Corona wave seems to be a problem for the old federal states. From Bavaria over the Rhineland and the Ruhr area up to Hamburg, the deep red band of high infection figures, Intensive care units are filling up again, experts already expect new contact restrictions again.

At the same time, it appears that currently vaccination rates in the east are also significantly lower than in the west. What's going on? And what does the big east-west difference mean for fall?

How big are the differences between East and West??

On Sunday, the regional incidences in most of the old federal states were on average significantly higher than in the new ones: according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the frontrunners were the states of Bremen, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia with a Seven-day value well above 100, followed by Baden-Wurttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland with scores above 90. The situation in the eastern German states is quite different: Here, incidences recently ranged from 36.2 (Brandenburg) to 22.9 (Saxony-Anhalt).