Merkel: Increase in Infections Worrying But Still Manageable

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is concerned about rising daily contamination rates in Germany, but thinks the outbreak is “still manageable”.

 

Merkel said on Monday at the first board meeting of her CDU party that there can be no further relaxation for the time being.

A meeting between Merkel and state prime ministers is currently under discussion in the coming week, during which the situation surrounding the coronavirus will be further discussed.

According to chancellery chief Helge Braun, these consultations will include the many differences in corona measures between federal states.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German counterpart of the RIVM, reported on Monday that 561 infections had been detected in Germany during the last 24 hours. Friday and Saturday, more than 1,400 new cases were involved in the previous 24 hours.

The figures for Sunday and Monday are usually lower because the data is not all immediately passed on during the weekend.

The peak of the number of new infections in one day was reached in Germany in April. At the time, that number was above 6000. Since the end of July, the number of infections in Germany has increased rapidly again.

A total of 224,014 people in Germany have become infected with the new coronavirus. The number of people who died after an infection stands at 9,232 after one death in the last 24 hours was reported on Monday.

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