Germany, which had virus under control, sees a jump in cases

Officials in Germany have expressed concern over a sharp jump in new coronavirus infections

“I’m very concerned about this,” Health Minister Jens Spahn told reporters in Berlin, which has become one of the hotspots for new cases.

He urged Germans to respect social distancing and hygiene measures to avoid reaching a point “where we lose control.”

The head of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar H. Wieler, echoed Spahn’s concerns and warned that the daily number of new cases could rise above 10,000, as they have in several other European countries lately.

Wieler called it the “prevention paradox” that complacency had grown precisely because measures taken by authorities and the public since March had led to a comparatively low death rate.

Spahn played down the possibility of imposing a national lockdown, saying he preferred a regional measures.

Authorities in Germany on Wednesday urged people not to travel to and from regions with over 50 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past week, which includes the cities of Bremen, Remscheid, Hagen, Hamm and parts of Berlin.

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