German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a protective face mask as she leaves after speaking to the media for her annual summer press conference during the coronavirus epidemic in Berlin, Germany on August 28, 2020.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to avoid another full-scale national lockdown as coronavirus infections re-emerge in Germany.
Like its European neighbors, after the region’s economy revived during the summer, Germany could not escape a second wave of the virus. However, so far it has not seen a surge in cases like France, Spain and the UK
In the UK, for example, 7,143 new cases and 71 deaths were reported from the virus on Tuesday, while Germany’s public health agency reported 2,089 new cases and 11 deaths.
Germany did not fare so badly in the first outbreak of the coronavirus compared to its neighbors, arrangements are made to limit the death toll (the UK is still below 10,000 compared to Italy, France and Spain). But officials are not happy about the second wave of cases.
“We want to act regionally, specifically and purposefully, rather than shutting down the whole country again – this should be stopped at all costs,” Deutsche Welle reported, with Merkel meeting with regional leaders on Tuesday.
“We’ve learned a lot over the summer and performed well,” Merkel said, but warned that the growing number of cases before the fall and winter of Tu was troubled.
She warned that with the current rate of infection, Germany could see more than 19,000 cases per day by the end of the year, as it announced new sanctions, and reiterated existing guidelines around social distance and personal hygiene, as well as strengthening the country. Testing and trace system.
JPMorgan Eurozone economist Greg Fuzzy noted on Tuesday that “the underlying strategy is to keep infections low so that it is possible to detect infection chains, which is very important if schools and the economy remain open,” said JPMorgan Eurozone economist Greg Fujasi noted on Tuesday.
He noted that the strategy has “three elements”: existing hygiene and distance rules, a test-and-trace system and a “hotspot strategy.” Update
As part of the latter, the regions will have to limit the number of people allowed to private parties (from 50) if the infection is more than 35 per 100,000 residents in seven days. If the infection is more than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants, then only 25 people will be allowed to meet in private functions. Individuals can now be fined up to 50 euros ($ 58) if they provide incorrect contact information for tracing purposes at restaurants and other indoor establishments.
Particular attention is being paid to the spread community in Germany, with the public health organization, the Robert Koch Institute, noting that religious or family events, such as weddings, as well as nursing homes and community facilities, are sources of outbreaks. In addition to returning tourists. With this background, Germany will develop its own testing strategy to include quick tests in certain situations, such as returning tourists.
Along with its European allies, Germany is reluctant to return to any national lockdown that could lead to long-term economic losses. So far, European countries have opted for regional or very local lockdown, say restrictions on early closing and social gatherings in Spain’s northern England and parts of Madrid or in places of hospitality.
Holger Schmidt, chief economist at Barenberg, noted on Wednesday that it is hoped that such behavioral changes, such as compensation for wearing a face mask and more educated social distance, with more targeted restrictions “are enough to turn the tide against the virus and prevent obstruction. Excessive work that could otherwise force countries to impose stricter lockdowns again. “
“A new wave of regional and targeted measures in many parts of Europe restricts social activity rather than the ability to work and buy,” he noted.