Coronavirus in Germany: Scholz makes calls to ‘winterproof’ country against COVID

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German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for heavier prevention measures amid a record rise in cases. State premiers are also set to meet next week to discuss next steps in tackling the fourth wave of the virus.

German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday said that the country will have to “winterproof” itself with new measures against the coronavirus, following multiple record daily increases in cases.

“We have to make our country winterproof, so to speak,” said Scholz, who is also finance minister and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s probable successor. “What we need now is for the country to pull together in one direction, so that we can get through this winter.”

Germany reported more than 50,000 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, marking a new daily record. One week ago, that figure stood at just over 33,000.

“The virus is still among us and threatens the health of its citizens,” said Scholz, adding that officials should continue to enforce measures such as mandatory masks and hygiene rules.0 seconds of 0 secondsVolume 90% 

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