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Germany remembers about 80,000 dead in Kovid-19 epidemic

  • German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will lead a memorial event in Berlin’s Konzershaus concert hall along with other top officials.

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Published on APR 18, 2021 02:31 PM IST

Germany is paying homage on Sunday to about 80,000 people who have lost to coronovirus, even as the country struggles to get a grip on another increase in infections.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will lead a memorial event at the Konzerthaus Concert Hall in Berlin along with other top officials. His office states that it is also dedicated to those bereaved, “who cannot accompany their families when they died and for whom important and comforting rituals of mourning were not possible.”

Germany’s death from Kovid-19 was confirmed at 79,914 on Sunday, 67 compared to the previous day. It is the fifth largest total in Europe after the UK, Italy, Russia and France.

The first stage of the epidemic in Germany caused a relatively small number of deaths, but the infection and winter levels were much higher. In January, there were more than 1,000 deaths per day in a country of 83 million people.

Infection has increased again in the last two months as it is revealed for the first time in the UK that there is a more infectious coronavirus variant. Since the onset of the epidemic, Germany has reported 3.14 million cases.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to bring a bill through Parliament that would mandate “emergency breaks” in areas where there are more than 100 weekly new cases per 100,000 residents. The nationwide rate stood at 162 on Sunday.

This would require the closure of stores, cultural and sports facilities, personal contacts and night time curfew. The idea is to end the patchwork of measures that characterize the epidemic response in 16 states of Germany.

Merkel says the plan is needed to keep the health care system from getting overwhelming, but state governments and others have found aspects of it to be wrong.

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