Berlin, Apr 3 (EFE) .- Thousands of people supported this Saturday the protests called in Berlin, Stuttgart and other German cities by various groups, including the ultra-rightists, against the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

The largest of the concentrations took place in Stuttgart (southern Germany), the city where in recent months massive marches took place against measures against covid-19.

According to police estimates, about 10,000 people paraded through the center of that city, capital of the “Land” of Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

The local authorities arranged a strong police contingent to prevent clashes with groups of the opposite sign that tried to get out of their way.

The police forces also warned those attending the march against the restrictions that the march would be dissolved if hygienic standards were not observed. Finally, the demonstration went smoothly, despite the fact that most of the participants were without a mask and the safety distance was not kept either.

In the anti-restriction calls congregate from citizens unhappy with these measures to followers of conspiracy theories and far-rightists.

In Berlin there was also a concentration of this sign in front of the Brandenburg Gate that brought together a couple of hundred people.

Similar marches had also been called in Hamburg (north), Cologne (west) and Kassel (center), a city where violent altercations between police and protesters recently took place.

SLIGHT DECREASE IN INCIDENCE IN A “CLOSED” HOLY WEEK

In Germany, a slight decrease in the weekly incidence of contagion was reported this Saturday, with 131.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to the 134 reported on Friday by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

In total, 18,129 infections and 120 fatalities with or from covid-19 were verified in 24 hours – compared to 20,472 infections and 157 deaths on the previous Saturday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2.87 million cases have been registered in the country – of which 2.5 million are recovered patients – while the number of deaths stands at 76,895.

By mid-February, the incidence had dropped to 60 weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants. As of March, a rebound began to register, which determined the Government of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the regional powers to extend the restrictions until April 18.

Restaurants, leisure and culture have been closed since November, while non-essential shops joined the closure in December. At the beginning of the month a timid reopening had been contemplated, which was slowed down by the rebound.

The German authorities have been insisting on these festivities in the strong recommendation to restrict contacts as much as possible and not to travel, either inside or outside the country, if not for really justified reasons.

THE PRESIDENT ADMITS “CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE”

The German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, warned this Saturday in a televised speech about the “crisis of confidence” that the covid has generated and recognized the “errors” and “setbacks” in the management of the pandemic.

“A feeling of helplessness and frustration spreads and concerns about health, school, work and the economy add a new dimension: a crisis of confidence. That is why I am mainly addressing you today,” said Steinmeier, who last Thursday she received her first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

(c) EFE Agency

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