July 13, 2021 – 21:30
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on German citizens to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying that the more people are vaccinated, the more freedom there will be.
Vaccination rates in Germany have dropped in recent weeks.
According to official figures, about 58.7 percent of German citizens have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 43 percent have been fully vaccinated.
The Institute for Disease Control in Germany “Robert Koch” said last week that the country should aim to vaccinate 85% of people aged 12-59 and 90% of people over 60, to prevent the Delta variant of the coronavirus to cause an increase in the number of cases in autumn and winter.
Delta, according to the World Health Organization, spreads more than previous variants.
“The more people who are vaccinated, the more free we will be,” Merkel, who has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, said on Tuesday.
Germany has removed many restrictions from the coronavirus in recent months, but people are still required to have negative coronavirus tests or vaccination certificates to eat indoors in restaurants where capacity is limited.
Masks in stores are also required.
The coronavirus in Germany has infected over 3.7 million people and killed over 91,000. / rel