Steinmeier organizes memorial service for corona victims | Free press

So far, approximately 80,000 people in Germany have died from or are involved in a proven Sars-CoV-2 infection. Today the dead are commemorated at an event.

Berlin (dpa) – A good year after the outbreak of the corona pandemic, the state will today commemorate the deceased in a central event and offer its condolences to the relatives.

Five relatives and the heads of the five constitutional bodies take part in the commemoration organized by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the Konzerthaus in Berlin on the Gendarmenmarkt.

In addition to the Federal President, these are: Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU), Bundesrat President Reiner Haseloff (CDU), Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Stephan Harbarth.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, around 80,000 people in Germany have so far died from or been involved in a proven Sars-CoV-2 infection.

Even if the pandemic has not yet been overcome, this should be a pause, showing that we as a society participate, don’t forget the deaths and suffering of the bereaved, the Federal President’s cabinet said. In addition to the victims of the corona virus, the commemoration also applies to all other deceased people in the pandemic. Many of these people have also died in isolation and lonely, without the company of their loved ones.

Prior to the commemoration, an ecumenical service is celebrated in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, in which the heads of state also want to participate. It is held by the President of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Regional Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, and the President of the German Conference of Bishops, Bishop Georg Bätzing. The service will be broadcast live on ARD, the commemorative act will be broadcast live on ZDF.

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