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World: German governors, Merkel to discuss virus outbreak

German health minister: Population will be 'vaccinated, cured, or dead' after winter

  German health minister: Population will be 'vaccinated, cured, or dead' after winter Germany's health minister announced that most of the country's population will either be "vaccinated, cured, or dead" from COVID-19 after the winter as another surge in cases hits the country. © Provided by Washington Examiner German Health Minister Jens Spahn's statement comes after figures for COVID-19 cases in Germany released Monday showed 30,000 new cases within the past 24 hours. Last week saw 65,000 new cases in a single day, according to CNN. Because of the increase in COVID-19 cases, intensive care units are reportedly nearing their maximum capacity at hospitals across the country.

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks Tuesday with the governors of Germany's 16 states amid growing concern about the steep rise in new coronavirus cases in the country.

A woman prepares her face mask due to the coronavirus pandemic in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press A woman prepares her face mask due to the coronavirus pandemic in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Merkel's office confirmed Monday that the outgoing chancellor would have a video call with governors to discuss the outbreak, but declined immediately to provide details including whether any decisions would be made.

Germany's highest court is due to decide Tuesday on complaints filed against nationwide restrictions to curb coronavirus infections that were imposed earlier this year under federal “emergency brake” rules. The ruling could provide officials with guidance on the legality of any new measures.

Olaf Scholz replaces outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel as a new center-left coalition is announced

  Olaf Scholz replaces outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel as a new center-left coalition is announced A coalition deal has been announced in Germany after almost two months of talks following the country's federal election in September. Olaf Scholz, the center-left Social Democratic Party's candidate, is set to be Germany's next chancellor, replacing Angela Merkel who has led Germany for 16 years.Christian Lindner, the head of the pro-business Free Democratic Party, is set to be the next finance minister, according to the deal which was announced Wednesday afternoon.

Helpers control documents at a mobile vaccination bus against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press Helpers control documents at a mobile vaccination bus against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Official figures showed 29,364 newly confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, and 73 deaths. Infection rates have been particularly high in eastern and southern parts of the country, with hospitals there already forced to transfer intensive care patients to other parts of Germany.

People wear mandatory face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic in a public bus in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press People wear mandatory face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic in a public bus in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

The governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state, Hendrik Wuest, said governors and federal officials shouldn't wait until the new government takes office next month before agreeing new, nationwide measures.

Scholz seals deal to crown career as German chancellor

  Scholz seals deal to crown career as German chancellor BERLIN (AP) — Olaf Scholz is set to become post-World War II Germany's ninth chancellor, crowning a career that has seen him serve in a string of top government posts, after leading his party to an election comeback that appeared hugely unlikely just a few months ago. The 63-year-old on Wednesday sealed a deal for his center-left Social Democrats to lead Germany's next government in a coalition with the environmentalist Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats. The agreement followed relatively quick talks that were disciplined and discreet, qualities that reflect Scholz's own image.

He called for common rules on reducing social contacts, financial help for companies affected by further restrictions and preparations for a possible vaccine mandate.

An elderly woman gets vaccinated against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease the vaccination centre in the city library in Maxvorstadt in Munich, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Felix Hoerhager/dpa via AP) © Provided by Associated Press An elderly woman gets vaccinated against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease the vaccination centre in the city library in Maxvorstadt in Munich, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Felix Hoerhager/dpa via AP)

While Germany has had fewer deaths from COVID-19 per capita than some of its European peers — such as Britain, France and Italy — the country's federal system has regularly slowed the decision-making process and resulted in a patchwork of different rules in each state.

People line up for vaccination against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease at a mobile vaccination bus in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press People line up for vaccination against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease at a mobile vaccination bus in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Merkel's push for German lockdown reportedly blocked as death toll passes 100,000

  Merkel's push for German lockdown reportedly blocked as death toll passes 100,000 Germany's death toll has now surpassed 100,000 but the country's incoming, new coalition government is resisting a lockdown, for now. Germany reported a massive number of new Covid cases on Thursday, with over 75,000 new infections. The death toll has now reached 100,119 after 351 more people died from the virus in the last 24 hours. © Provided by CNBC BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) speaks with Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz.

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People line up for vaccination against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease at a mobile vaccination bus in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press People line up for vaccination against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease at a mobile vaccination bus in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) People line up for vaccination against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease at a mobile vaccination bus in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press People line up for vaccination against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease at a mobile vaccination bus in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

A new era: Scholz set to replace Merkel as Germany's leader .
BERLIN (AP) — Olaf Scholz is set to take office Wednesday as Germany’s ninth post-World War II chancellor, succeeding Angela Merkel after her heralded 16-year tenure. Scholz's government will be taking power with high hopes of modernizing the European Union's most populous nation and combating climate change, but faces the immediate challenge of handling Germany’s toughest phase yet of the coronavirus pandemic. The 63-year-old Scholz, Germany’s vice chancellor and finance minister since 2018, brings a wealth of experience and discipline to an untried coalition of his center-left Social Democrats, the environmentalist Greens and the pro-business Free Democrat

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