German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a protective face mask after speaking to the media about 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 complete blockade at the national level as coronavirus infections begin to soar again in Germany.
Like its European neighbors, Germany has not been spared a second wave of the virus 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 authority 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 reduce deaths (there are still less than 10,000 – far lower than Britain, Italy, France and Spain). But employees are not happy with the second wave of lawsuits.
“We want to act regionally, concretely and purposefully, instead of closing the whole country again – this must be prevented at all costs,” Merkel told a news conference on Tuesday, meeting with regional leaders, Deutsche Welle said.
“We learned a lot and did well in the summer,” Merkel said, but warned that the growing number of cases before the fall and winter seasons was worrying.
She warned that at the current infection rate, Germany could see more than 19,000 cases a day by the end of the year, as it announced new restrictions and reiterated existing guidelines on social exclusion and personal hygiene, as well as strengthening the country’s testing system. and tracking.
“The main strategy is still to keep infections low enough to keep track of the infection chain possible, which is vital if schools and the economy remain open,” eurozone JPMorgan economist Greg Fusesi said on Tuesday.
He noted that the strategy has “three elements”: a reorientation to existing hygiene and distance rules, a testing and tracking system, and an improvement in the “hotspot strategy”.
As part of the latter, the regions will have to limit the number of people allowed to private parties (up to 50) if infections exceed 35 per 100,000 inhabitants for seven days. If the infections exceed 50 per 100,000 inhabitants, then only 25 people will be allowed to meet for private functions. Individuals can now be fined € 50 ($ 58) if they provide incorrect contact information needed for tracking in restaurants and other indoor establishments.
Particular attention is paid to the spread of the community in Germany, with the public health authority, the Robert Koch Institute, noting that religious or family events, such as weddings, as well as nursing homes and public institutions, are sources of groups of outbreaks in addition to returning passengers. Against this background, Germany is stepping up its testing strategy to include rapid tests in certain situations, such as those for returning passengers.
Together with its European counterparts, Germany is reluctant to return to any national blockade that could lead to further long-term economic damage. So far, European countries have opted for regional or very localized blockades, say in parts of the North of England and Madrid in Spain, or the early closure of guest places and restrictions on social gatherings.
Holger Schmiding, chief economist at Berenberg, said Wednesday that there are hopes that such behavioral changes as adherence to face masks and more disciplined social distancing, along with more targeted restraints, “will be enough to reverse wave against the virus and prevent widespread congestion in health systems, which could otherwise force states to re-impose much stricter conclusions. “
“The new wave of regional and targeted measures in much of Europe limits social activity, not the ability to work and shop,” he said.