Germany Tells Citizens: Get Vaccinated or Get Coronavirus

Germany Tells Citizens: Get Vaccinated or Get Coronavirus


BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s health minister said Monday that the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it’s likely everyone in the country who isn’t vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter – and some of those will die.

Official figures showed more than 30,000 newly confirmed cases in Germany over the past 24 hours – an increase of about 50% compared to one week ago. Hospitals have warned that ICU capacities are nearly exhausted, with some patients having to be transferred to other clinics far away.

Health Minister Jens Spahn urged Germans to get vaccinated, including with booster shots if their first round of inoculation occurred more than six months ago, to reduce the risk of serious illness.

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