Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised the role of the Council of Europe in strengthening human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Today, she said to the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Europe is the continent with the highest human rights standards. Germany holds the Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers until May.
The central memorial ceremony to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to the pandemic was held in Berlin on Sunday; Chancellor Angela Merkel attended. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was behind the ceremony, which was intended to provide a framework to allow people to mourn together and support one another, and to remember the lives lost.
In future if the seven-day incidence in a district or town exceeds 100, additional measures, standardised at national level, are to be triggered to stem the rise in infections. This has been agreed by the Cabinet. The planned amendment to the Infection Protection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz) is now to be debated by the German Bundestag.
people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far in Germany (as at 19 April 2021). 5.582.992 people have already had both vaccinations. The Federal Ministry of Health’s vaccination dashboard has more details.
COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered nationwide. Currently the aim is to protect the most vulnerable first. Vaccinations have already eased the strain on hospitals. Four vaccines have now been approved. Here is an overview.