Coronavirus: Germany told 4-5 more months of Covid-19 ‘lockdown light’ restrictions required
- The set of measures imposed in an attempt to rein in a second wave of the pandemic see restaurants closed, but schools and shops remain open
- Economy Minister Peter Altmaier’s remarks on the length of the restrictions echoed those of other leading German policymakers
Germans should brace for another four to five months of severe measures to halt the rise in coronavirus infections and should not expect the current rules to be eased quickly, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told weekly Bild am Sonntag.
Data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Sunday that the number of confirmed cases in Germany increased by 16,947 to 790,503. Weekend figures tend to be lower as not all data is reported by local authorities.
Altmaier said Germany should be wary of relaxing restrictions too quickly.
“All countries that lifted their restrictions too early have so far paid a high price in terms of human lives lost.”
The German chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, warned of a possible shortage of beds and staffing problems in German hospitals.
“My forecast is that we will have to talk about further restrictions rather than any easing”, he told daily Augsburger Allgemeine.
German police fired water cannon during an anti-lockdown rally in Frankfurt on Saturday and eventually broke up the gathering as rules like wearing masks and socially distancing were not observed.