“If we don’t want days with 50,000 new infections, as was the case in France a few weeks ago, we must see through this and not constantly speculate about which measures can be relaxed again.”
Those were the words of Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier as he warned that the European economic giant is clearly “not out of the woods” following a worrying recent spike in Covid-19 infections.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases, the number of confirmed cases in Germany rose by 16,947 to 790,503 on Sunday.
But the constant speculation on locking down is taking its toll on many citizens as they long for the kind of normality they used to have before.
There have been fierce protests on the streets. But for Minister Altmaier and many German policy makers, longer lockdowns might be the bitter pill Germans need to swallow if their economy and society is to return to normal.