Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has warned that if the country cannot bring the pandemic under control this summer, it could have serious repercussions in the fall. As the national lockdown is eased, the German Chancellor’s team fears people will ignore social distancing guidelines. There are also fears that vacationers may bring the coronavirus back to the country after visiting high-risk countries.
A spokesperson for the institute, which oversees the fight against the coronavirus, said: “A more marked exacerbation should be avoided.”
Michael Kretschmer, Minister President of Saxony, said Germany was already in the middle of a second wave of the disease.
He said: “We have new clusters of infections every day. ”
The Robert Koch Institute reported a disturbing finding that most new infections were reported in North Rhine-Westphalia, across the Belgian border, and in Baden-Württemberg, on the border with France and Switzerland.
The European Center for Disease Control has issued a “code orange” alert for Belgium after a dramatic increase in the rate of infection.
On Saturday, the ECDC issued a warning to the Flemish region, which means there are 20 or more cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
But the alert was changed to cover the entire country after its infection rate rose to 21.2.
The Federal Public Health Service said today that on average 278.9 people have tested positive for the coronavirus every day.
The trend of new infections increased by 71% in a seven-day period between July 17 and 23.
Since the first confirmed case in Belgium, 66,026 people have tested positive for the disease.
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The Belgian has warned people to stay away from Antwerp, where new infections are increasing rapidly.
Spain also saw a worrying spike, prompting countries, including the UK, to introduce new quarantine measures for travelers.
The UK said everyone returning to Spain must self-isolate for 14 days. France and Norway have introduced similar warnings.