People in many parts of Germany have taken to the streets to protest against the government’s anti-epidemic ban and clashed with police in defiance of social distancing rules.However, novel coronavirus infection rate in Germany has increased from 0.65 to 1.1, according to the latest data from the German epidemic surveillance agency on October 10.
Germany is reported to be one of the first European countries to lift its lockdown measures as the outbreak stabilizes.On April 20th Germany began to loosen its grip, allowing small businesses to resume operations, schools to reopen and some retailers and car dealers to open.German chancellor Angela merkel announced further easing of the lockdown on May 6, but the 1.5-meter social distance will be extended until June 5.
The novel coronavirus infection rate in Germany rose to 1.1 on Monday after previously falling to 0.65, a key indicator of community-wide transmission of the virus, according to a new data released by the Robert Koch institute, a German epidemic surveillance agency, The Daily Telegraph of London reported Tuesday.The rate of infection has doubled in three days since the further easing of the blockade was announced on June 6.
The government of the German state of north rhine-westphalia has promised to test 18,000 to 20,000 workers for the virus following an outbreak in several meat processing plants Tuesday.Separately, a slaughterhouse in the western German town of cosfield was temporarily closed after 151 workers were diagnosed with covid-19.
Despite the novel coronavirus threat, people in many parts of Germany took to the streets over the weekend to protest against the government’s ban on outdoor activities for up to 50 people, demanding a return to normal life.Thousands of people gathered in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and other cities to protest.
In Berlin, protesters chanted “freedom” and “we are the people” and clashed with riot police.At one point, police sprayed protesters with pepper spray and more than 30 people were arrested.In Munich, more than 3,000 people gathered in central mariam square, many without masks or social distancing, holding signs proclaiming: “we want our lives back.”
Dieter Wright, the mayor of Munich, said Tuesday that while he sympathized with the people’s desire to return to normal life, he could not understand their demonstration.Breaking social distancing rules and not wearing a mask is likely to lead to further spread of the virus.