- “We cannot risk a relapse,” she said. “Corona remains a danger for everyone of us.”
- The pandemic hit Germany at a time when the economy was doing well and that, therefore, the country has a chance to overcome economic problems.
- The chancellor also said that the government will act to improve the labor situation in the country’s meat industry.
German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that the European country has made great achievements in the fight against the new coronavirus, but that the disease remains a danger. In essence, the Chancellor has asked the Germans not to throw away, through inappropriate behavior, what the country has already achieved in the fight against the virus.
“We cannot risk a relapse,” she said. “Corona remains a danger for everyone of us,” Merkel told the Bundestag, the country’s lower house of parliament. Merkel added that Germans would be living with the pandemic for some time yet, as there was still no effective treatment or vaccine for it.
“It would be depressing if we have to return to restrictions that we want to leave behind us because we want too much too soon,” Merkel reiterated. As an example, she mentioned that, in recent weeks, the number of new infections is at a level that can be supported by the health system.
“We have succeeded in slowing down the spread of the virus in recent weeks and months,” the chancellor said, but warned that she would see an “obligation not to jeopardize what we have achieved together.” Merkel said, “we have not been subject to unimaginable limitations since March for now, because we put care aside, risking a relapse.”
According to the German Chancellor, it is necessary to avoid a new wave of infections in order to protect lives and rebuild the country’s economy. That is why it is still important to keep the minimum distance and observe hygiene rules.
Merkel said the pandemic hit Germany at a time when the economy was doing well and that, therefore, the country has a chance to overcome economic problems. “But I don’t say that nobody will notice anything [feel the effects of the economic worsening].” She ruled out, at least for the moment, tax increases because of the pandemic.
The chancellor also said that the government will act to improve the labor situation in the country’s meat industry. In several slaughterhouses, there are cases of infections by the new coronavirus, which was mainly attributed to the close interaction in the workers’ quarters. Many of them come from Eastern Europe.
“The goal is, if the occurrence of infections allows it — I want to say that again — that from June 15, border controls in the Schengen area can be completely eliminated,” Merkel added, in reaction to matters touching on border controls in the country.
Germany has registered 171,306 cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. The death toll reached 7,634, a total considerably lower than that of other European countries affected by the pandemic. The pace of new cases has also declined in recent weeks.
In the last 24 hours, there were 798, according to the Robert Koch Institute. In early April, the country registered more than 6,000 per day.