German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier leaves light in window to remember virus deaths

World | 22 Jan 2021 8:36 pm

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will leave a light shining in a window at his Bellevue palace in Berlin every evening starting Friday in memory of the dead and those fighting for their lives, his office said.

He encouraged other Germans to do the same.

Steinmeier plans to lead a central memorial event for the dead after Easter.

The lights are meant as a sign that “the dead in the corona pandemic are not just statistics for us,” Steinmeier said. “Even if we don’t know their names and families, we know that every figure stands for a loved one whom we miss infinitely.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel echoed those comments this week, describing the recent death figures as “terrible.”

Still, she said that daily infections are dropping and somewhat fewer people are receiving intensive care than over Christmas.-AP. Photo: dpa



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