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German Virologist Warns Against New Covid-19 Situation



Germany is doing better than Spain or France – yes, but only for the moment, warns virologist Christian Drosten. Some details are different in this country than in the southern countries, but this does not result in permanent corona protection.

Looking at the aggravated covid-19 situation in some other European countries, the virologist Christian Drosten has warned of a similar development in this country.

In view of the new infections currently reported in Germany, one has to be clear that “if we superimpose the curves, we are a little behind Spain and France and England,” said the head of Charité Virology of the German Press Agency (dpa) in Berlin.

He emphasized “that we shouldn’t pretend that things are developing very differently for us. We don’t do a lot of things very differently now ”. “There are a few details that may be different here than in southern Europe. Our households are often smaller, we have more one-person households, ”said Drosten.

The number of new corona infections had recently cracked the 10,000 mark in France. As the authorities announced on Thursday evening, 10,593 new infections were counted within one day – the previous high on September 12 was slightly lower (10,561).

Infection numbers are skyrocketing again in much of the UK. In many places there is also a lack of tests, so the actual infection process can hardly be depicted at the moment. Each part of the country can decide on its own corona measures.

Spain is the country hardest hit by the corona pandemic in Western Europe. The marks of 600,000 infections and 30,000 fatalities had only been exceeded the day before. The situation in Madrid is of greatest concern, however. The autonomous region around the capital with its 6.6 million inhabitants accounted for almost 40 percent of all new cases on Tuesday with 1207 positive test results within 24 hours.

There are fewer multi-generation families in which the virus is spread very easily beyond the age limits, said Drosten. “There are certainly differences. But otherwise Germany is not much different from these neighboring European countries. That is why we have to be very careful and watch very closely what happens now. ”

The test frequency is extremely high in Germany – but only since the decision to test returning travelers, said Drosten. “This is a test frequency that we in Germany cannot hold out for much longer.” The basic test activity that was previously carried out in Germany and will soon be done again is not much higher than in other neighboring European countries. The core of infection monitoring is only slightly more pronounced in us than in other countries. “That’s why we have to take the numbers seriously.”

As Drosten explained, the number of cases in Germany over the summer was largely due to returnees from vacation who would not necessarily have passed the virus on to a large extent in this country. These infected people would rather give clues about the corona situation in the country of origin. “What we are seeing at the moment is a reflection of what is going on in Germany in the form of virus cases.”

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin put the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Germany on Friday at 267,773 – an increase from 1916 since the previous day. The Johns Hopkins University (JHU), based in the US city of Baltimore, reported 269,048 infected people. The RKI, which only takes into account the electronically transmitted figures from the federal states and updates its list once a day, registered 9378 deaths, seven more than the previous day. The JHU counted 9,376 dead. According to the RKI, the number of people recovered was around 238,700.

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