Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a EU meeting. File photo
Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans on Saturday to curb social contacts and keep travel to a minimum, making a personal appeal after the federal and state governments struggled to agree on ways to contain a second wave of coronavirus infection.
"We have to do everything to prevent the virus from spreading out of control. Every day counts," Merkel said in her weekly video podcast.
While Germany's infection rates have been lower than in much of Europe, they have been accelerating and hit a daily record high of 7,830 on Saturday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infections diseases.
Germany's infection rates have been lower than in much of Europe.
The reported death toll rose by 33 to 9,767.
German leaders were unable this week to reach a consensus on strong new measures to contain the second COVID-19 wave. Courts in several regions have, meanwhile, overturned bans on hotel stays for visitors from infection hotspots.
Politicians and health experts have appealed to the population to take voluntary measures over and above those already prescribed — including wearing masks, avoiding close contact with others and hand washing.
"We have to go further," Merkel said. "I appeal to you: Meet with fewer people, either at home or outside.
"Please forsake any journey that is not absolutely essential, every party that is not absolutely essential. Stay at home, where at all possible."
Germany's interior minister rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkel's attempt to shake hands with him as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country rose to 150.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has been outspoken about the global handling of the crisis, criticizing the US for being slow and China as authoritarian. The pandemic has spread to 214 countries, with 1.6 million infections and 106,000 deaths.
Tens of thousands of people fled Wuhan on Wednesday after a 76-day travel ban was lifted on the Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged.
Macron's proposal to defend his country's secular values against radical Islam has angered the Turkish government, adding to a growing list of disputes between the French leader and Erdogan.
At least 42,262,290 cases of coronavirus have been registered, of which at least 28,754,900 are now considered recovered. On Friday, 6,366 new deaths and 482,954 new cases were recorded worldwide.
Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, SEHA, hosted John Rakolta Jr., the US Ambassador to the UAE, to share the latest developments surrounding the success of the third phase of the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) revealed that that the number of licenced health and pharmaceutical facilities has surged to 3,410, while the total number of workers in the public and private health sector is 26,931.