German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a protective mask as she leaves after speaking to the media for her annual summer press conference during the coronavirus pandemic on August 28, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised to avoid another full national blockade as coronavirus infections start to rise again in Germany.
Like its European neighbors, Germany was not spared a second wave of viruses after the region̵
For example, while the UK reported 7,143 new cases and 71 deaths from the virus on Tuesday, the German public health body reported 2,089 new cases and 11 deaths.
Germany did not fare so badly in the first coronavirus outbreak compared to its neighbors, managing to limit deaths (there are still fewer than 10,000, far fewer than those in the UK, Italy, France and Spain). But officials aren’t pleased with a second wave of cases.
“We want to act regionally, in a specific and targeted way, rather than shutting down the whole country again – this must be prevented at all costs,” Merkel said in a press conference Tuesday after meeting with regional leaders, she said. Deutsche Welle reported.
“We learned a lot and did well all summer,” Merkel said, but warned that the increase in cases before the fall and winter season was worrying.
He warned that with the current infection rate, Germany could see more than 19,000 cases per day by the end of the year as it announced new restrictions and reiterated existing guidelines on social distancing and personal hygiene. as well as a strengthened country’s test-and-trace system.
“The underlying strategy is still to keep infections low enough so that tracing of infection chains remains possible, which is vital if schools and the economy are to remain open,” the economist noted on Tuesday. euro area of JPMorgan Greg Fuzesi.
He noted that the strategy has “three elements”: a refocus on existing hygiene and spacing rules, the verification and tracking system, and an improvement on the “hot spot strategy”.
Under the latter, the regions will have to limit the number of people admitted to private parties (to 50) if the infections exceed 35 per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. If infections exceed 50 per 100,000 inhabitants, only 25 people will be able to meet at private functions. People can also be fined 50 Euros ($ 58) for providing false contact information, which is required for tracking purposes, in restaurants and other indoor venues.
Particular attention is paid to the spread of the community in Germany, with the public health body, the Robert Koch Institute, noting that religious or family events, such as weddings, nursing homes and community facilities, have been the source of groups of outbreaks, in in addition to the return of travelers. In this context, Germany is strengthening its testing strategy to include rapid tests in certain situations, such as those for returning travelers.
Along with its European counterparts, Germany is reluctant to return to any national bloc that could lead to further long-term economic damage. So far, European nations have opted for regional or very localized blockades, for example in parts of northern England and Madrid in Spain, or early closures of places of hospitality and restrictions on social gatherings.
Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg, noted Wednesday that there are hopes that such behavioral changes, such as adherence to wearing face masks and more disciplined social distancing, along with more targeted restrictions, “will be enough to reverse the trend against the virus and prevent widespread overloading of health systems that could otherwise force countries to impose much stricter blockades again. “
“The new wave of regional and targeted measures across much of Europe limits social activity rather than the ability to work and shop,” he noted.