Chancellor Angela Merkel’s aide has called for restrictions on social gatherings and travel to deal with the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Germany has reported a surge in daily infections.
The German chancellor’s chief of staff has said the country will have to cap the number of people at social gatherings and also clamp down on unnecessary travel to curb the spread of the second wave of coronavirus in the country.
However, “We must be a bit stricter in places where infection chains spread mostly, which is parties and, unfortunately, also travel,” Helge Braun told Journalists. “We are at the beginning of a second wave and only the politicians’ and the population’s determination will decide whether or not we can avoid it, or slow it down,” he added.
Although, Germany has seen a steady rise in the number of infections across the country, and several cities have already breached a key limit for coronavirus infections.
Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel and mayors of Germany’s 11 largest cities have agreed that strict measures will kick in if the rate of infection goes above 50 per 100,000 residents over a period of seven days. While the number of cases and deaths in Germany is lower than in many neighboring countries, the country has been reporting more than 4,000 daily cases since Thursday, the highest since April.