Merkel crisis: Germany coronavirus cases surge to four-month high – second wave fears

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Merkel crisis: Germany coronavirus cases surge to four-month high – second wave fears

On Saturday, the Robert Kock Institute recorded a further 2,034 cases of the virus taking the toll to 232,082 cases across the country. The death t

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On Saturday, the Robert Kock Institute recorded a further 2,034 cases of the virus taking the toll to 232,082 cases across the country. The death toll also rose by seven to 9,267 as fears of a second wave of coronavirus escalate across Europe. Due to the rise in cases, German ministers have urged the Chancellor to reintroduce measures in order not to jeopardise the reopening of schools.

Saskia Esken, co-leader of the Social Democrats, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: “We must not risk that day care centres and schools will close again and that children are forced to remain at home for weeks because we have accepted higher infection rates due to lax rules at family parties.”

Coming out of the lockdown, many have warned the public has become careless as cases have dropped and businesses have reopened.

Ralph Brinkhaus, leader of the CDU/CSU conservative parliamentary bloc, said: “Unfortunately since the start of summer a certain recklessness has spread.”

Ms Merkel will meet with state premiers on Thursday in order to determine the next steps for the country.

Over the last week, the country’s daily case total has regularly been above 1,000 cases.

Such is the rise in cases, virologists have expressed concern over the sharp rise.

Ms Merkel, however, stated the country must continue to follow the current rules or measures may be reintroduced.

She said: “The good news is if we stick to the rules, a lot of public life is possible.

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On Saturday, Italy announced 1,071 new cases with a further three deaths.

In Spain, cases have risen sharply with the country reporting more than 3,000 cases and has the highest 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,00 with 152.7.

France reported 4,700 new cases earlier this week which at the time was the highest rise since May.

The UK Government is desperate to avoid a second lockdown which could cause further devastation to the economy.

Local lockdowns have been instituted in Birmingham, Wigan and other towns and cities across the country in order to stop the spread of the virus.

These lockdowns were all put in place due to a rise in the infection rate and therefore case numbers in the respective area.

If the transmission rate, which shows the amount of secondary infections, rises above one, some advisers have warned lockdown restrictions may need to be enforced nationwide.



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