COVID-19 figures in Germany positive, but no ‘turnaround’ yet

German Minister of Health Jens Spahn (R) during a presentation at the Federal Ministry of Health in Berlin, Germany, 10 November 2020 [EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON]

Germany’s latest coronavirus figures are encouraging since the spread of the disease has “significantly reduced” in the past few days, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday. However, there has not yet been a “turnaround”, he added.

“It is still rising, but it is rising less strongly. This is encouraging for the time being, but it is still not enough,” said Germany’s health minister.

The country registered around 18,000 new infections on Wednesday, lower than the previous peak last week of more than 21,000.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also warned that the coronavirus will continue being a concern throughout winter, even with the news of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine candidate.

The pandemic will “keep us busy all winter long,” she warned on Wednesday.

(Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de)

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