Coffins are piled up in the German funeral homes

VirtueThe coffins piled up at the crematory in Meissen city, Sachsen state, are a tragic reminder of the dark prospect of looking down on Covid-19.

In general, Meissen and cities in East Germany are poorer, older and more inclined to oppose blockade. The region has been hit hard by the pandemic, complicating Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempts to control Covid-19.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Joerg Schaldach, manager of a funeral home that received up to 1,400 bodies by December 2020. This number is double that of December 2019. More than half of them died of Covid-19. He is expected to have around 1,700 bodies this month.

Schaldach added: “People died alone in the hospital without their families. Relatives were called to say a ‘cremated’ sentence. Can’t say goodbye to the coffin, everything they do. received is a jar of ashes.

Like much of eastern Germany, the first wave of Covid-19 in the state of Sachsen, where the far-right party (AfD) dominated, was relatively gentle. But so far, the 7-day infection rate here is the second highest nationwide, nearly double the average (136 cases per 100,000 people).

“If the Sachsen government acted earlier, we would have managed the pandemic. But now it’s a national problem. The body piled up in Meissen is the cure for ignorance,” said Frank Richter, the lawmaker of the Social Democratic Party spoke.

Song Detlev Spangenberg, the AfD party’s lawmaker, said there should be no blaming. “We have been blockade since November 2020 and the number of cases has not decreased. It has nothing to do with the AfD. We just say the harm of the shutdown outweighs the benefits,” he said.

Coffins bearing the word ‘Covid’ at a funeral home in Meissen, Germany, January 11. Image: AP

The governors of both Sachsen and Thuringia states in September 2020 protested against efforts to prolong social disparity, to deceive Merkel’s second wave of Covid-19. Only recently have they admitted that they have made mistakes in judgments.

On the deserted streets of Meissen, people have different interpretations of the increase in nCoV cases. Attitudes range from innocent complacency to skepticism.

Jenna Schmidt, a 27-year-old waitress, said: “It sounds strange, but I have found that young people obey the rules of wearing masks and keep a better distance than the elderly. When the number of infections started to increase in December. 10, many elderly people say ‘Oh I am old, die soon anyway.’ It is this attitude that leads to this situation.

At the funeral home, the staff works around the clock to unload coffins bearing the deceased person’s name, date of birth and death. Most of them are over 60 years old. Some live in nursing homes.

Roswitha Zeidler, hotel staff, said: “A lot of people panic and panic. Old people die all the time. I’m sick and tired of restraint and conjecture. I just want to be normal again.” .

Merkel and her leaders will hold a January 19 talks on whether more restrictive measures are needed. Germany’s interval order will end on January 31st.

Meissen city councilor Ute Czeschka said the other factor driving the number of cases in East Germany increased was the border close to the Czech Republic and Poland, two of the world’s epidemic hotspots.

“A lot of health care workers and doctors come from major epidemic regions like the Czech Republic. But the main reason we suffer from this situation is that many people don’t believe in the virus,” Czeschka said. they believe it “.

According to Frank Richter, the fact that many AfD party leaders appear in anti-mask protests and blockades cause advocates to ignore hygiene rules, social segregation regulations and become suspicious of the virus. .

“Fighting a pandemic is like trying to play a game first. You can’t finish first if your players keep owning a goal,” he added.

A study by the Forsa Institute found that only 19% of AfD party supporters thought the federal government’s report on the pandemic was credible. Less than 30% of men comply with the rules of hygiene and safety, which is too low compared to 65% nationwide. As of January 19, Germany had recorded more than 2 million CoV infections and 48,105 deaths.

Thuc Linh (According to the Reuters)


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