Germany is experiencing one of the worst moments of the pandemic and the national press is echoing the management of other areas of the world to understand what has gone wrong in their country and how the situation could be reversed. Specific, several German media have compiled what various Spanish media or experts say about the management of the Community of Madrid.
The Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) has produced a report analyzing the differences between Madrid and other regions. The German agency highlights that the main peculiarity of Madrid is “that does not cordon off the entire region or entire cities and municipalities, but only smaller districts that have a large number of infections. The text includes the statements of the epidemiologist José Jonay Ojeda in El Mundo, where he points to the antigen testing as the possible main reason for this success. The article also points out that the media and agrees that Madrilenians have become more cautious due to the “great scare”.
However, the DPA is questions the sincerity of the Community of Madrid on the data provided by the regional government and points out that some experts do not rule out that there may be problems and delays in the registration of cases, but not only in that region. In any case, they emphasize that the situation in hospitals, for example, is also improving.
To conclude its report, the German agency recalls the figure of Isabel Díaz Ayuso, President of the Community of Madrid: “She was accused of impotence and inaction. For many media, it was already “politically dead.” Now she is suddenly seen as the new star and the bearer of hope for the conservative Popular Party (PP)”.
For its part, the newspaper Die Welt, one of the most important in Germany, also includes “The miracle of Madrid” and talks about that “Researchers are amazed and can’t find a correct explanation of the phenomenon ”. The article recalls that Madrid has been the epicenter of the pandemic, but emphasizes that now the infections “are falling rapidly, although the bars and restaurants are full.”
More than 14,000 new cases in Germany
In the last 24 hours they have registered 14,419 new COVID-19 cases and 267 deaths in Germany, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for virology updated last midnight. Alarming figures, although lower than the 15,332 infections detected on Tuesday of last week and the record of 23,542 new positives on Friday. The cumulative incidence in the last seven days it stands at 141.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Germany accumulates 815,476 cases and 12,814 fatalities. On the other hand, the RKI estimates that around 530,200 people have recovered of the disease and that there are currently some 272,700 active cases.
The meeting on Monday between the chancellor and the heads of government of the federated states, in which Angela Merkel tried to agree with the regional powers, stricter measures than the current ones, was finally reduced to a series of calls to the population to minimize contacts. Merkel admitted that it was not possible to agree on a tightening of the restrictions due to the “Substantial differences” regarding the “Länder”, which are responsible for its implementation. However, there will be another meeting next week to create a new “general concept” of long duration to achieve the objective of reducing new infections in a consolidated way.
Last day 2 a new stoppage of public life, although softer than the one decreed in spring, which was expected to be a “breakwater” that flattens the curve of new infections, with the aim of achieving an accumulated incidence by below 50 per 100,000 inhabitants. The current restrictions translate into the closure of hotels, nightlife, indoor sports and cultural life for at least all of November and the commitment to maintain schools and nurseries open as far as possible.
Madrid chains seven weeks of descent
The Community of Madrid notified this Monday 324 new cases of coronavirus, of which 146 correspond to the last 24 hours and the rest to previous days, and 25 dead more in hospitals. That same day, the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, highlighted in the presentation of an information campaign to raise awareness about the risks of COVID-19 that the Community already chains seven consecutive weeks of decline in infections, and that at the end of the last week “Madrid hospitals have 127 fewer patients hospitalized than last week, 82 of them in the hospitalization floors and 45 fewer in ICUs, to which are added 70 new revenues less also than the previous week ”.