Although Germany is nearly 70% fully vaccinated—and the overwhelming majority of people 18 and up are immunized—the number of COVID-19 cases now skyrockets as a fourth wave sweeps through Germany and other parts of Europe. With vaccines that only last a few months before breakthrough infections are frequently happening, authorities now must factor in ongoing pandemic conditions, at least for the short run.
Germany has experienced a few surges of infections starting in March and April of 2020 and then a massive second surge between October 2020 and the end of 2020. A mass vaccination campaign went into full gear in the new year; however, by March 2021, cases started spiking again.
However, by May 2021, cases plummeted as undoubtedly, vaccination was helping along with several public health measures taken by health authorities led by German Health Minister Jens Spahn. By July 1, 2021, the average number of new cases (7-day average) was down to 578 per day, the lowest number of infections since earlier in 2020. However, infections started creeping upward in August, and by September 10, the 7-day average of new infections spiked to 10,858 per day. But again, ...
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