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Ger­many fears worse to come af­ter ‘alarm­ing’ coro­n­avirus case jump

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Ger­many recorded more than 4,000 new coro­n­avirus cases dur­ing the past day, sound­ing alarm bells in the coun­try as top health of­fi­cials warned on Thurs­day of a sec­ond wave that could be much more se­vere than what has al­ready come.

Health Min­is­ter Jens Spahn said the lat­est num­bers were “alarm­ing.”

“They worry me greatly. We want to pre­vent the num­bers from ris­ing ex­po­nen­tially,” Spahn told re­porters in Berlin, while in­sist­ing that the Ger­man health care sys­tem can still cope with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

Thurs­day’s in­crease in in­fec­tions, re­ported by the Robert Koch In­sti­tute (RKI), sur­passed Wed­nes­day’s rise of about 2,800 by more than 1,200 and showed Ger­many near­ing the lev­els seen at the peak of the pan­demic in late March and early April, when daily cases peaked 6,000.

But there was still hope, Spahn said.

“If 80 mil­lion work to­gether, the virus’ chances will drop dra­mat­i­cally,” Spahn said.

But RKI Pres­i­dent Lothar

Wieler, the coun­try’s top of­fi­cial for dis­ease con­trol, was less op­ti­mistic.

“We do not know how the sit­u­a­tion in Ger­many will de­velop in the com­ing weeks. It is pos­si­ble that we see more than 10,000 new cases a day. It is pos­si­ble that the virus spreads un­con­trolled,” Wieler said at a press con­fer­ence with Spahn and other health ex­perts.

Ger­many risks reach­ing a point where hos­pi­tals are over­whelmed by se­vere coro­n­avirus cases, said Su­sanne Herold, an in­fec­tious dis­ease spe­cial­ist at the city of Giessen’s univer­sity hos­pi­tal.

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 ??  ?? Ger­man Health Min­is­ter Jens Spahn (R) and the pres­i­dent of the Ger­many’s Robert Koch In­sti­tute (RKI) Lothar Wieler (L) wear face masks as they ar­rive for a press con­fer­ence on Oc­to­ber 8, 2020 in Berlin (AFP)
Ger­man Health Min­is­ter Jens Spahn (R) and the pres­i­dent of the Ger­many’s Robert Koch In­sti­tute (RKI) Lothar Wieler (L) wear face masks as they ar­rive for a press con­fer­ence on Oc­to­ber 8, 2020 in Berlin (AFP)

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