German union says that, with infections on the rise, the dreaded second wave has arrived in the country, albeit milder. Without vaccine or medicine, spread can only be controlled with mask and distance, warns the entity.
Germany already faces a second wave of infections with the new coronavirus, according to the German doctors’ union Marburger Bund. The number of new contagions has been increasing in the European country, although it is not comparable to the rates registered in March and April.
“We are already on a second flat wave,” said the association’s president, Susanne Johna, in an interview with the German newspaper Augsburg General published this Tuesday (08/04). “So there is a risk that the successes we have achieved so far in Germany will be wasted on a combination of repression and a desire to return to normalcy.”
“But we are in a condition that is not normal,” he added, recalling that as long as there are no vaccines or drugs to treat covid-19, the spread of the virus needs to be controlled. “This can only be achieved with social distance, hygiene, a mask in daily life and local quarantine,” he said.
After a protest in Berlin brought together thousands of people against the containment measures imposed due to the pandemic, Johna compared the compulsory use of a mask with the obligation to wear a seat belt in vehicles, against which there was also popular resistance when it was introduced. Just as the belt saves lives in traffic, “mouthguards also save lives,” he said.
Germany recorded, for several weeks, an average of 300 to 500 cases of new infections per day. Now, the most recent daily rates have been between 800 and 1,000. In the past 24 hours, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German body for the control and prevention of infectious diseases, has confirmed 879 new cases of covid-19 in the country.
In all, Germany has 211,281 infections and 9,156 deaths related to the disease. The mortality rate, at 11.04 deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants, is low compared to other European countries hard hit by the pandemic, such as Belgium (86.24), Spain (60.94) and Italy (58.19).
The head of the Marburger Bund assured that German hospitals are prepared for the dreaded second wave.
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