Since the beginning of autumn, Coronavirus cases in Germany have risen alarmingly, far exceeding the number of daily positives at this time a year ago. For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Germany recorded more than 50.000 Covid-19 cases per day.
This fourth wave is hitting the country harder than many other European nations, and the first restrictive measures to curb the spread of the virus have already begun to be implemented. In Saxony, one of the worst affected areas, cultural, sporting and leisure activities will be closed from Monday 22 November, as will bars, clubs and discotheques, as well as Christmas markets, although restaurants will remain open, with reduced opening hours, for those vaccinated and cured.
The reason for this rapid increase in the number of infections is linked to the high level of rejection of vaccinations among the population, especially here in Saxony, where only 57% of the inhabitants are fully vaccinated.
The pressure on anti-vaccine activists through government measures, such as not being allowed to go to bars, restaurants, public events and sporting venues, has provoked a reaction from the anti-vaccine movement, which on 6 November held a massive demonstration in the centre of Leipzig in which security measures such as distance between people and the use of masks were not respected, and which led to clashes with the police.
Germany, one of the first countries to develop the Covid-19 vaccine, now has the highest percentage of unvaccinated people among its population, so what makes such a large number of people (almost 12 million unvaccinated people over the age of 12) so suspicious? Many of these individuals claim that the restrictive measures are totally discriminatory, taking on the role of victims in society. Their inability to see beyond themselves makes them unaware of those who truly suffered throughout this pandemic: health workers, the elderly, children... You are not the victim if you reject the solution, the only one so far. It is the lack of solidarity that is evident in these cases. We have all taken the vaccine somewhat blindly, and it is not something you do specifically for yourself, but because it is the only way for society to function normally again, to protect those who can be most harmed by the virus and to prevent the saturation of the medical services that have been stretched to the limit in order to attend to us.
The current situation is a clear example that change is only possible through the sum of small actions. The little effort required from each of us is enough to achieve the common goal of returning to normality and being able to enjoy daily life again.