The Germans only have two days left to do their Christmas shopping. As of Wednesday December 16, non-essential businesses and schools will be closed. Stricter re-containment, like Germany has not experienced since last spring. According to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Covid-19 epidemic is no longer under control: “We have a lot of deaths. […] We know that the health care system is already under heavy strain, which is why it is urgent to act. “

Even though Germany is one of the best equipped countries in Europe, nearly 80% of intensive care beds are now occupied. Some hospitals are already saturated. “This stricter containment must remain in force at least until January 10, but Angela Merkel has already warned: the next three winter months will be very difficult”, reports journalist Laurent Desbonnets, correspondent in Berlin, Sunday, December 13.