German Of The Day: Impfpflicht

That means mandatory vaccination. And those signs down there read “for free vaccination decisions” and “no to mandatory vaccination.”

Tens of thousands of people are protesting against the latest restrictive COVID measures in German cities all over the country. And it’s fun to watch the state media squirm. They’re clearly finding it more and more difficult labelling these people wackos.

In Hamburg, some 13,700 people attended a demonstration against the restrictions, police said.

Under the banner, “Stop the corona dictatorship,” 4,000 protested in Düsseldorf.

Around 5,000 people rallied in Frankfurt, according to the police.

German Of The Day: Ausschreitungen

That means riots. You know, like the “riot” taking place in the photo of this anti-Covid measure demonstration down there?

Germany Erupts in Protests Over COVID Mandates, Police Officers Injured in Riots – The protests come as the German government implemented new restrictions this month to deal with the Omicron variant, which is believed to be more transmissible than other variants.

Earlier in December, Germany announced limits on private gatherings that were to begin Tuesday. The restriction is intended to limit the number of people holding large gatherings on New Year’s Eve. A maximum of 10 vaccinated people are allowed to attend a private gathering. If someone who is unvaccinated attends, only one other household can go to the gathering.

German lawmakers have approved a law mandating that medical staff be vaccinated, according to the broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

“Now is not the time for parties in large groups.”

Are We Pushing Too Hard Yet?

Nah. Now we’ll turn it up a notch higher and make vaccinations compulsory. What could possibly go wrong?

Man Killed Family, Then Self, Over Faked Vaccine Pass -German Prosecutor – A man who killed his wife and three young children before taking his own life had faked a vaccination certificate and feared his children would be taken away from him when the forgery was discovered, a German prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Police found two adults, both 40, and three children aged four, eight and 10 dead from gunshot wounds in a family home in Koenigs Wusterhausen south of Berlin on Saturday.

In a farewell note found by police, the man said he forged a vaccination certificate for his wife. Her employer had found out, prompting the couple to fear they would be arrested and lose their children, prosecutor Gernot Bantleon told Reuters.

Germany In Full Omnicron Panic Mode

Or will be, very shortly. And is it any wonder?

Because, well, after all… People with the Omicron variant have ‘extremely mild‘ symptoms and haven’t had to be hospitalized yet, says the South African doctor who first reported it.

That can only mean that they died before ever making it to the hospital, right?

Several leading German politicians called on Sunday for tighter restrictions to contain a surge in coronavirus cases as the infection rate hit a new high and fears about the new Omicron variant rose.

And Here I Was Getting All Geared Up…

For that traditional German Christmas Market feeling.

And then the next stupid Covid wave comes along and ruins everything! I’ll just have to drink my Glühwein at home alone, I guess.

Munich’s iconic Christmas market has been canceled for the second year in a row due to a significant rise in Covid-19 cases in Germany.

The “bitter news” was announced by the city’s mayor Dieter Reiter, who said he’d been left with no choice but to call off the popular event, which usually attracts around three million people annually, as the country grapples with record breaking infection rates.

They’re Not Wearing Masks

But some of them are wearing those red cardboard noses. Do they count?

The carnivals are being held despite the fact Germany is undergoing a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, setting a record Wednesday for the number of daily infections.

And while the vaccine requirement was strictly enforced, the streets of Cologne were filled with people, side by side, without masks.

Thursday’s celebrations began with a somewhat ominous sign – designated so-called prince for the Cologne carnival, Sven Oleff, had tested positive for COVID-19 the previous day, a breakthrough case since he is fully vaccinated. The festival committee said he showed no symptoms and was feeling well.

Why Is Germany So Ill-Prepared?

The same reason every other country out there is ill-prepared – with the possible exception of China.

Nobody knows what they’re doing. The Germans just don’t know what they’re doing particularly well.

Why can’t Germany deal with the new COVID crisis?

Germany is deep into its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but yet again its authorities and politicians seem ill-prepared. Has no one learned from the mistakes?

It goes like this, if you haven’t noticed:

Laurel: Get vaccinated to protect others.
Hardy: OK. Got vaccinated.
Laurel: And keep wearing a mask to protect others.
Hardy: But I got vaccinated.
Laurel: The vaccinated are just as contagious as the unvaccinated.
Hardy: Then why did I get vaccinated?
Laurel: To protect others.

German Of The Day: Rasanter Anstieg

That means rapid rise. But willkürlich would have been a good German of the day, too. That means arbitrary.

Rapid rise as in: OMG! The Corona incidence rate in Germany is now at 130,2 and rising!

Arbitrary as in

COVID: Germany set to end national state of emergency – Despite a rise in infections, the parties set to form a new government want to end the national state of emergency. But Germany should not yet expect a “freedom day.”

This just goes to show you how arbitrarily the panic buttons are pressed during our brave new COVID era. Just a few months ago, the Germans were losing sleep at night because the COVID incidence rate was threatening to rise over 30. Keep enjoying the show!

Who “Incited” What?

Where? And for what reason?

It couldn’t have been the German government and its COVID-19 cluelessness, arbitrary measures that changed practically on a weekly basis or the thinly-veiled threats against those in Germany who refuse to get vaccinated, right?

German official slams online ‘incitement’ after mask killing – A 49-year-old German man was arrested Sunday over the the fatal shooting a day earlier in the western town of Idar-Oberstein. Authorities said the suspect told officers he rejected the measures against the coronavirus.”

“It was a cold-blooded murder,” Health Minister Jens Spahn told reporters in Berlin, noting that the suspect had initially gone home after being refused service for failing to wear a mask, only to return later and shoot the clerk in the head.

“The question is, what is the environment, what are the circumstances in which such a crime can occur?” he asked. “This has a lot to do with the incitement, the hatred, that is posted on social media.”

Marchers = Nazis

That’s the “correct” way to view those who question placing restrictions on the unvaccinated in Germany.

They have to be Nazis, you see. Otherwise they might be rational human beings with reasonable arguments against these government restrictions. Then one would have to address these arguments. And then the government restrictions wouldn’t make any sense. And we can’t have the government looking like its restrictive policies don’t make any sense now, can we?

Germany: Thousands march in Berlin against COVID rules – Marchers rallied through the streets of the German capital, with thousands of police officers on standby in case of violence. A court had allowed only one rally to go ahead.