BERLIN: The German health minister has warned citizens that they would be either “vaccinated, cured or dead” from COVID-19 by the end of winter as several European countries impose restrictions amid surging infections.
“Probably by the end of this winter, as is sometimes cynically said, pretty much everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured or dead,” Jens Spahn said, as he urged more Germans to get the jab.
Germany is in the grip of the fourth wave of coronavirus. Cases are rising rapidly and many hospitals are full.
It has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe, with only 68% of people fully vaccinated.
Germany’s infection rate is at its highest since the pandemic began, and health experts have warned this wave could be the worst yet.
In the past 24 hours, there have been 30,643 new infections – 7,000 more than a week ago. This is among the highest rates in the world.