Is Germany Losing the Fight Against the Winter Surge?

The once international success story is now in a second full lockdown and at risk of being overburden by Covid-19

Elad Simchayoff
Medium Coronavirus Blog

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Angela Merkel is not known for being emotional. For the past 15 years, the German chancellor has, quite regularly, maintained a reputation as a calm, analytic, and reserved leader. This wasn’t the Merkel who spoke in front of the German parliament on December 9.

Merkel was pleading with lawmakers and with the public. She was emotional, her voice changed tones, she used her hands — a lot — her eyes were full of sadness. “I’m really am sorry, from the bottom of my heart,” she said, pointing at her chest, “but if the price we pay is 590 deaths a day, then that is unacceptable in my view.” The crowd cheered. I can’t remember ever seeing Merkel this way, many people don’t.

A week passed; Germany recorded 952 deaths in a day and went into a second full lockdown.

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Elad Simchayoff
Medium Coronavirus Blog

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