When the Covid-19 pandemic lasted until the third month in Europe, Germany realized that the initial effective treatment could become a burden later.
While the Italian and Spanish healthcare systems were seriously disrupted, nothing happened in Germany. Politicians therefore find it increasingly difficult to convince the public of the need to strictly adhere to social distance.
But now virologist Christian Drosten calls it a “prevention paradox”, raising concerns about a second wave of outbreaks, according to the Guardian.
On May 6, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the gradual reopening of shops, schools, kindergartens, even restaurants and bars. She seems to have surrendered to political pressure from the heads of the 16 states.
For nearly a week, Germans have been less cautious. They gathered in the streets, scattered in the parks and drank beer in the sun. Wearing a mask is mandatory in shops and on public transport, but not all people follow it.
In major cities like Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart, thousands of protesters gathered on 9 May to protest blockades.
Over the weekend, the Robert Koch Institute, the government’s disease control agency, recorded many people gathered in the past few days.
On May 10, the institute also reported that the infection ratio (R) for two consecutive days has exceeded the danger threshold: 1.1, that is, one infected person would infect 1.1 people. While on May 6, when Mrs. Merkel announced a blockade easing, the coefficient was much lower at 0.65.
The Robert Koch Institute urges the country to be cautious of the latest R-coefficient because new cases have dropped relatively low.
As of 11/5, Germany had 171,879 cases (the 7th highest in the world) and 7,569 deaths from corona virus.