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2nd Coronavirus Wave Hits Germany, Infections Reach 218,519 Cases


Wed 12 Aug 2020 | 10:03 PM
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Germany recorded 1,226 new infections with the Coronavirus and 6 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases showed that the total number of infections in the country rose to 218.519 thousand cases, while deaths rose to 9207 cases so far.

These figures coincide with warnings that a second wave of the pandemic has already begun, prompting the German authorities to call for the necessity of adhering to the standards of physical distancing, wearing masks and maintaining hygiene as basic conditions to avoid the spread of the virus.

Earlier, the head of the Federation of German Doctors' Chambers, Susanna Yona, warned that her country had already begun to face the "second wave" of the outbreak of the Coronavirus "COVID-19.

Yona stressed the need to adhere to the stringent standards to protect the public health across the country to

Contain the crisis of the spread of the deadly virus.

She said that Germany was already facing a second wave of the Coronavirus, and that violating social distancing rules risked squandering its previous successes in containing the disease.

She added that there is a risk that the desire to return to normal life and reduce containment measures will dissipate the success that Germany has achieved so far, urging people to adhere to social distancing, health guidelines, and wearing masks.

Germany, the largest economy in Europe, has the lowest number of deaths from the pandemic compared to some neighboring European countries, such as France and Italy, thanks to widespread checks, a good medical care system, and adherence to health guidelines.

Last Saturday, thousands of citizens gathered in the German capital Berlin to demonstrate against the restrictions imposed in the country to limit the spread of the new Coronavirus.

Protesters, only a few of them wearing medical masks, organized a protest march under the slogan "End of the Pandemic - Freedom Day" that crossed the city center from the Brandenburg Gate.

The protesters, whose numbers were estimated by the police at about 15,000 people, carried banners and chanted slogans describing the Corona virus as a "false alarm", denouncing the mandatory wearing of masks and opposing vaccination campaigns.

The protesters accused the government of "stealing their freedom", calling for "an end to the terror due to Corona and the restoration of basic rights for people".

For their part, the police used loudspeakers to remind the demonstrators of the necessity to adhere to social distancing and wear masks.

The German government has achieved relative success in its battle against the Coronavirus.

Starting in late April, the German government began easing restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of the virus, but while maintaining health distancing measures, including the mandatory wearing of medical masks in public transport and shops.

The German local authorities have recently warned of the danger of not adhering to health directives, noting that the rate of new infections has re-increased in the recent period.

On the other hand, Professor Dr. Gyorgyi Pazikin, a Russian expert and Head of the Molecular Development Sector at the Institute for Information Transfer Problems, has announced that the various changes and mutations of the Coronavirus can affect the course of the pandemic in different countries across the world.

He added that scientists are studying the changes of the virus nowadays to know whether "these changes affect in some way its pathological properties.

The Russian expert went on to say that there have been several studies, indicating that a specific version of the virus is spreading in Europe and causing many deaths.

For example a specific version of the COVID-19 was sweeping in China and Italy which claimed souls of ten thousands of people in the two countries.

But there is a difference in the numbers of deaths.

However, this problem couldn't be viewed unilaterally because many complications lie in the differences between China and Italy, as well as different strains of the virus.

Therefore, it is difficult to separate the characteristics of the virus from the epidemiological characteristics of strains infecting people in both of the countries.