Then, warns Drosten, Germany gambles away its “lead completely”
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Time to relax the corona restrictions? Not a good idea at all, warns virologist Christian Drosten. If the openings go wrong, he fears an uncontrollable situation in Germany up to a certain point in time.
Dhe virologist Christian Drosten warns that Germany could lose its previous successes in corona containment and that the situation could slip away if measures to combat the virus were relaxed.
He currently regrets “seeing so much that we are just about to lose this advantage here completely,” said the head of Virology at the Charité on Wednesday in the NDR podcast.
In international comparison, Germany is one of the most successful countries in combating pandemics because the outbreak was recognized very early.
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Drosten criticized that complete shopping malls were now full of people because the individual shops were smaller than 800 square meters. “You have to ask yourself if all of this really makes sense.”
With a view to inquiries that reached him, he also warned against “individual interpretations” after the first easing: “If everyone starts to interpret their own scope of interpretation completely freely, then new infection chains suddenly start in many places in Germany.”
It would not surprise him if one suddenly came into a situation in May and June that “we cannot control if we are not careful,” emphasized Drosten. There would then be many more starting points for the virus than at the beginning of the epidemic.
Germany is currently in a very fragile area, said Drosten, referring to the number of reproductions recently estimated by the Robert Koch Institute at 0.9. This means that on average almost every infected person infects a different person.