Coronavirus: German Cases Soar, Government Extends Restrictions, Considers Surveillance

  • Germany has proposed using digital tracking methods to isolate people with the new coronavirus.
  • Restrictions imposed in the country due to the covid-19 pandemic won’t be eased in any way whatsoever before April 20.
  • Germany has the fifth most cases in the world, but a relatively low rate of fatalities.

Germany has recorded 5,331 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, registering a total of 56,202 in the country. According to Worldometers, 403 people in Germany have died and 6,658 have recovered. The Robert Koch Institute, the entity responsible for disease prevention and control in the country, indicates that the two most-affected states are Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

A lockdown was imposed in Bavaria last week, the first German state to do so. Both states have recorded over 10,000 cases.

Germany has also proposed using digital tracking methods to isolate people with the new coronavirus, media reported on Friday. The strategy document, released by the nation’s Ministry of Interior, recommends following the South Korean method, and using smartphone location data to identify who came into contact with someone with the disease. Currently, half a million tests are carried out in the country every week to diagnose covid-19, but the number is expected to increase soon.

Restrictions to be Tightened, Extended

Elsewhere, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff said Saturday that the restrictions imposed in the country due to the covid-19 pandemic won’t be eased in any way whatsoever before April 20. German authorities closed non-essential trade and banned meetings with more than two people in public earlier this week. Schools, bars, restaurants, and clubs all over the country were also closed.

“We are not talking about any easing before April 20. Until then, all measures will remain in force,” Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, said. Braun said that “the elderly and the sick will have to reduce their contacts for a significantly longer time.”

Germany’s 56,000 reported cases are the fifth-highest in the world, behind the United States (118,590), Italy (92,472), China (81,394), and Spain (72,248). However, their 403 recorded deaths are much lower than in many other countries, ninth-highest in the world.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 654,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 30,000 have died. Of the recorded cases of infection, more than 139,000 are considered to have recovered.

Following it’s outbreak in China in December last year, the viral disease has since spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic situation. The European continent, with more than 318,000 infected and more than 18,000 dead, is regarded as the current epicenter of the pandemic.

Symptoms

If the new coronavirus is in its initial development stages in an individual, its symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a common cold or flu. They include, amongst others, fever, sore throat, headache, dry cough, muscle pain and soreness.

As per information by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the above symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses). It is advisable to seek a medical experts advice and subsequent early treatment if one develops any of the symptoms.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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