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Germany could be heading for 2nd wave of coronavirus infections

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  • Germany faces a second coronavirus wave if the country does not act quickly to contain a series of new outbreaks across the country, a top virologist has warned.
  • Christian Drosten, director of the Institute of Virology at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, said: ‘In two months, I think we’re going to have a problem if we don’t turn on all the alarm sensors again now.’
  • Drosten said that there are already clear signs in several places, including Berlin, that Covid-19 was returning to the population.
  • Germany on Tuesday ordered a western region back into lockdown after a major outbreak of coronavirus infections linked to a slaughterhouse prompted fears of a second wave.
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Germany faces a second coronavirus wave if the country does not act quickly to contain a series of new outbreaks across the country, a viral expert has warned.

Christian Drosten, who directs the Institute of Virology at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, said he was concerned that outbreaks — including a major one at a meatpacking plant this week — will cause the virus to spread further among the population.

“I am not optimistic that in a month’s time we will still have such a peaceful situation as we have now in terms of epidemic activity,” he said on his podcast, in comments reported by German-language newspaper The Local.

“In two months, I think we’re going to have a problem if we don’t turn on all the alarm sensors again now.”

Germany on Tuesday ordered a western region back into lockdown, after a major outbreak of coronavirus infections linked to a slaughterhouse prompted fears of a second wave and a return to nationwide lockdown measures.

Authorities said that 1,550 people in the area around the meatpacking plant had tested positive for Covid-19, but have since said the number was still being verified, according to the Associated Press.

People in Guetersloh county, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where the plant is located, will from next week once again face some lockdown restrictions as authorities try to stop the virus from spreading, the Associated Press reported.

Drosten, whose research focuses on novel viruses, has become a cult figure in Germany since the Covid-19 pandemic, where his podcast has become the most popular in the country.

He said that German authorities must now take action to contain the virus, or risk a second wave of infections later this year. He said that there are already clear signs in several places, including Berlin, that Covid-19 was returning to the population.

Drosten described the “terrible situation” in some southern US states, where he said lockdown restrictions had been lifted too early and where cases have begun to rise dramatically.

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