Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday instructed regional governments to take strict restrictions to prevent a third wave of the outbreak from expanding as the German outbreak enters its most dangerous phase. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is expected to reach mass immunization by the end of this summer, while some 5,000 people attended a local rock concert in Barcelona, Spain, over the weekend after being tested negative for the new coronavirus.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday instructed regional governments to take strict restrictions to prevent a third wave of the outbreak from expanding. Merkel’s chief of staff Braun said on Sunday that Germany must reduce the number of confirmed cases in the coming weeks, otherwise new variants of the virus that are resistant to the vaccine may emerge, and a curfew should also be imposed in areas with a high number of cases.
“We are in the most dangerous phase of the outbreak and the next few weeks will determine whether we can foreseeably contain this outbreak,” Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told the media.
Braun said that if the number of confirmed cases rises rapidly again, the greater the risk that the next variant of the virus will become resistant to the vaccine.” Then we will need a new vaccine and we will have to start vaccinating again.”
Separately, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on a television program Sunday that at the current rate of vaccination against the new crown, Russia will reach herd immunity by the end of this summer. The current Epidemic restrictions will be lifted at that Time, depending on the situation. Putin said experts expect that at least 70 percent of the adult population will need to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity.
Putin was vaccinated this week with Russia’s new crown vaccine. He said the only side effect of the vaccination was a slight muscle pain the next morning and less comfort in the area where the shot was administered.
In Russia, 9,088 new cases have been confirmed, with a cumulative total of more than 4.5 million cases, 336 new deaths and a cumulative total of more than 97,000 deaths.
It was also reported that about 5,000 people were allowed to attend a concert in Barcelona, Spain, after testing negative on the same day.
This was one of the largest events in Europe in more than a year since the beginning of the pandemic. The Spanish health authorities gave the green light for the concert in order to test whether it was safe to hold a large event after the audience had undergone rapid testing.
Audience members had to undergo a rapid test on the day of the concert and obtain a cell phone notification with a negative result certificate and pass a temperature test before being allowed to enter. There is no need to maintain a social distance inside the venue, but masks will be worn. Authorities will continue to track admissions over the next two weeks, including studying how many people may be diagnosed, and assessing the feasibility of holding large group events.