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Merkel urges unvaccinated to reconsider as 7-day COVID-19 incidence rate hits record

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Merkel urges unvaccinated to reconsider as 7-day COVID-19 incidence rate hits record

MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads the last cabinet meeting of the German government ahead of the national elections, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany September 22, 2021.

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'Difficult weeks lie ahead of us, and you can see that I am very worried,' Merkel says in her weekly video podcast

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged unvaccinated people to reconsider their decision in a video message on Saturday, November 13, as Germany’s seven-day coronavirus incidence rate rose to the highest level since the pandemic began.

“Difficult weeks lie ahead of us, and you can see that I am very worried,” Merkel said, speaking in her weekly video podcast. “I urgently ask everyone who has not yet been vaccinated: please reconsider.”

Germany’s seven-day incidence rate – the number of people per 100,000 to be infected over the last week – rose to 277.4 on Saturday, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed. The record in the third wave of the pandemic last December was 197.6.

The federal government and leaders of Germany’s 16 states are due to meet next week to discuss tightening measures, though the three parties negotiating to form a new government have agreed to let a state of emergency in place since the start of the pandemic expire on November 25 as planned.

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