German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting with deputies of her conservative party said that the country is in the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
This is reported by Reuters with reference to two participants of the meeting.
“We are now in the third wave,” they quoted her as saying and said she had warned that any easing of the quarantine measures, introduced late last year and extended until March 7, should be carried out cautiously and gradually.
The closure of all secondary businesses and border controls with Austria and the Czech Republic, where there have been outbreaks linked to a more contagious strain of the virus, have helped Germany reduce the number of new daily COVID-19 infections.
But the slow introduction of vaccination and the risk of large outbreaks of strains already identified in Germany could make any easing of restrictions difficult.
“We can’t afford the ups and downs,” Merkel told the meeting, noting that she would like any return to normalcy to take place cautiously to avoid re-imposing the quarantine if the infection starts to grow again.
According to the sources, she added that increasing the availability of rapid tests and increasing testing capabilities can make a return to normal more confidence.
Recall that strict restrictions on the borders of Germany will be extended for another eight days, despite the criticism of the European Commission.