German Health Minister: By The End Of This Winter Everyone Here Will Be Vaccinated, Recovered, Or Dead

The Associated Press reports:

Germany’s health minister said Monday that the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it’s likely everyone in the country who isn’t vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter — and some of those will die.

Official figures showed more than 30,000 newly confirmed cases in Germany over the past 24 hours — an increase of about 50% compared to one week ago. Hospitals have warned that ICU capacities are nearly exhausted, with some patients having to be transferred to other clinics far away.

“By the end of this winter pretty much everyone in Germany (…) will have been vaccinated, recovered or died,” Spahn told reporters in Berlin. He acknowledged some had described this view as cynical.

Reuters reports:

German politicians are debating making Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory for citizens in light of soaring infections and low inoculation rates.

Several members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc said that federal and state governments should introduce compulsory vaccinations soon as other efforts to push up Germany’s low inoculation rate of just 68 percent have failed.

Germany’s seven-day coronavirus incidence rate rose to the highest level since the pandemic began for the 14th consecutive day.