Coronavirus: Merkel Condemns “Unacceptable and Disgusting” Discrimination

  • People in Gütersloh and Warendorf have had their vehicles scratched, Seibert said, during his usual press conference in Berlin.
  • An outbreak at a slaughterhouse resulted in some 1,400 confirmed positive tests.
  •  Several German regional states have decided not to welcome people from these counties.

A spokesman for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, today blasted acts of discrimination against people from two districts in the country under coronavirus lockdown. Steffen Seibert called these incidents of insults and vandalism “completely unacceptable and disgusting.”

Steffen Seibert is head of the German Federal Government’s Press and Information Office and is the German government’s spokesperson. Previously he worked for the German television station ZDF as a journalist and presenter of the popular Heute Journal (until 2010).

People in Gütersloh and Warendorf have had their vehicles scratched, Seibert said, during his usual press conference in Berlin. We must treat each other with respect and sympathy, particularly in difficult times, and all should reflect that everyone could find themselves in the situation of living close to an outbreak,” he said.

On Tuesday, authorities in western Germany imposed a partial one-week lockdown on Guetersloh and Warendorf counties, home to over 600,000 people. An outbreak at a slaughterhouse resulted in some 1,400 confirmed positive tests. Among the 1,655 tests carried out among the population of Gütersloh, only three people were declared positive by COVID -19, local authorities said on Thursday.

Germany was one of the first countries in Europe to start the easing of strict confinement rules about seven weeks ago. It had been regarded as a model for the management of the coronavirus pandemic on the continent. Several German regional states have decided not to welcome people from these counties if they wish to spend their holidays in their territory.

A couple from Gütersloh were forced to leave the island of Usedom in the north, while in Bavaria, a mountainous region with a tourist tradition, announced that their hotels would not accept reservations from high-risk regions. The local administration in Guetersloh announced that Merkel rung the local council leader, Sven-Georg Adenauer, on Friday. She extended her gratefulness to the population there for helping ensure the prevention of the spread of the virus.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spread to Germany on 27 January 2020, when the first case was confirmed and contained near Munich, Bavaria. As of June 26, Germany has reported 194,013 cases, 9,012 deaths and 177,100 recoveries.

The pandemic of COVID -19 has caused nearly 487,000 deaths and infected more than 9.6 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report prepared by the French news agency AFP. The United States is the country with the most deaths (124,415) and the most confirmed cases of infection (more than 2.42 million).

This is followed by Brazil (54,971 deaths, more than 1.22 million cases), the United Kingdom (43,230 deaths, almost 308 thousand cases), Italy (34,678 deaths and more than 239 thousand cases), France (29,752 deaths, more than 197 thousand cases) and Spain (28,330 dead, more than 247 thousand cases). 

Russia, which accounts for 8,770 dead, is the third country in the world in the number of infected, after the USA and Brazil, with almost 620 thousand, followed by India, with more than 490 thousand cases and 15,301 dead.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a very infectious disease that is caused by the coronavirus which was first detected in Wuhan, central China. According to information by the WHO, most victims of the COVID-19 virus normally experience mild to moderate respiratory illness, and recover without the need for special treatment.

The WHO further elaborates that older people and those with underlying medical problems, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer, are the ones who are more likely to develop serious illness. The WHO thus advises that the best way to prevent and slow down its transmission is to regularly wash your hands frequently with soap and water and avoid touching your face. 

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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