Germany Wrestles with Second COVID-19 Wave As Cases Reach Record

  • Germany Wrestles with Second COVID-19 Wave As Cases Reach Record

Germany Wrestles with Second COVID-19 Wave As Cases Reach Record

Since the start of the pandemic, Germany has recorded a total of 334,585 coronavirus infections, of which nearly 282,000 are considered to have recovered.

"At the start of this second wave it is up to us to stop the infections".

New COVID-19 infections in Germany increased by a new daily record of 6,638 to 341,223, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Thursday.

Germany has experienced relatively low infection and death rates in comparison with its European neighbors, but the number of daily cases has spiked in recent weeks with Merkel warning there could be 19,200 infections per day if current trends continue.

Armin Laschet, the premier of North-Rhine Westphalia, hopes that state leaders will agree on a "pragmatic solution" in Berlin as it was most important to focus on fighting the virus, he told TV station ARD on Wednesday.

"We have to ask the people of Europe to be careful, to follow the rules, to keep their distance, to cover their mouths and noses and to do what they can to contain the virus while still maintaining economic activity", the German chancellor added during the video conference.

Under Wednesday's agreement, the threshold at which tougher measures such as late-night curfews on bars and tighter restrictions of private gatherings kick in will be lowered to 35 new infections per 100,000 people over seven days, compared with 50 before.

"We're in a situation where I think we can still flatten the exponential growth but for that we all need to make an effort", he said. The chancellor called on young people to contribute to the fight against the pandemic by giving up partying after several private celebrations have been cited as the cause of localized coronavirus outbreaks in German cities.

"We will see whether today's decisions were enough. My uneasiness is not gone yet", Merkel said on Wednesdady.