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COVID-19: Germany Faces 4th Wave of COVID-19 Due To Vaccine Hesitancy

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 12: A sign on restaurant reads "Inside 2G rules" on November 12, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. City authorities have announced that beginning this coming Monday, November 15, only people who are vaccinated against or recently recovered from Covid-19 will be allowed to enter many public venues, including restaurants, bars, cinemas, fitness studios, clubs and hair salons. Critics say the "2G" policy (2G is for the German words geimpft, meaning vaccinated, and genesen, meaning recovered) is a backdoor means of forcing those so far unwilling to get be vaccinated to do so. Germany is in the midst of a fourth wave of the pandemic with record numbers of new infections. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Germany is battling the spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout its regions as it faces fourth wave. The country recorded more than 50,000 cases daily and pushed numerous hospitals to capacity.

The University Hospital of Giessen, one of the country’s leading pulmonary illness clinics, is already at capacity. Germany has seen a threefold increase in coronavirus patients in recent weeks, with about half of them on ventilators.

A man stands at the entrance of a coronavirus rapid test center in Ludwigsburg, southwestern Germany, on November 11, 2021, amid a surge of infections during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. – Germany needs further coronavirus restrictions to combat a record surge in infections and “get through this winter”, German would-be chancellor Scholz said on November 11, calling a meeting with state premiers to decide new curbs. The country recorded 50,196 new cases in the past 24 hours on November 11, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) health agency — the first time the figure has exceeded 50,000. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images)

COVID-19 Update: Germany Faces Fourth Wave

Dr. Susanne Herold, the hospital’s chief of infectious diseases, questioned every new patient about why they did not get COVID-19 vaccines. On Thursday, the medical expert made her remarks after doing her regular rounds on the ward. She went on to say that some patients did not trust vaccines, and/or the government. Some are also unaware of the public awareness programs.

These people caused the fourth wave of coronavirus infections in Germany. According to the New York Times, the figures indicate data that the nation has never seen since the outbreak began.

Germany was formerly lauded for its outstanding coronavirus response. Still, the scenario now serves as a clear reminder of how rapidly the coronavirus may mutate. Due to the large number of sick persons in the area, one specialist has given a grave warning of a major increase in mortality.

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The highly infectious Delta variant is principally responsible for the fourth wave of the coronavirus, too. The said variant continues to spread as the winter season approaches. Germany has seen a spike in coronavirus infections over the previous four days. They recorded around 50,196 cases on Thursday.

Germany’s total coronavirus infections have now reached 4.89 million, with 97,198 deaths, according to figures supplied by the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s public health organization. According to CNBC, several politicians and public health professionals in the nation are concerned about the findings.

Waning Immunity

While the vaccines reduce the chance of severe disease and death, they do not provide complete protection against infection, too. As the number of cases grows, the chance of contracting COVID-19 increases for those vaccinated.

According to a DW report, the rising numbers are putting more strain on those who have been vaccinated. However, the number of breakthrough infections is small.

The vaccinated who may be at increased danger, according to the same DW article, are those who are older and have weakened immune systems. Healthcare officials and workers are now giving booster shots to patients who got fully vaccinated more than six months ago.

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