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Coronavirus: Lothar Wieler from the Robert Koch Institute warns of dramatic conditions


According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of people infected with the coronavirus rose to 52,547 on Sunday – an increase of 3965 since the previous day. In an interview with the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung" ("FAS"), RKI boss Lothar Wieler now warns of dramatic conditions in German hospitals.

According to his assessment, the German healthcare system is also threatened to reach its limits in the corona crisis. "We have to expect that the capacities will not be sufficient, of course," said Wieler of the "FAS". With regard to the comparatively low death rate in Germany, the epidemic expert warned of illusions: This was mainly due to the fact that a lot of tests were carried out in Germany will. Conditions like in Italy are also possible in Germany, warned Wieler. "We cannot rule out the fact that we also have more patients than ventilation places in this country."

The fact that the coronavirus pandemic in Germany is relatively mild compared to other countries is also due to the patients affected by the virus infection, said the RKI boss. "Initially, people in Germany who were not among the risk groups were primarily affected because many transmission chains were connected to skiing holidays, for example. If there are more transmissions in old people's homes or hospitals, there is a fear that the proportion will increase."

A quick return to normality is the wrong wayWieler believes a quick return to normality is the wrong way out of the crisis. "From a medical point of view, I want us all to go through the spatial distance as long as possible," he said. Germany is "still at the beginning of the wave". The RKI boss warned that people should "take the pandemic very seriously." More than 30,000 corona deaths have now been reported worldwide, and more than 640,000 people have become infected. Italy remains the most pandemic-affected country in the world, with more than 10,000 deaths. Within 24 hours, 889 people died there from Covid-19, a lung disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In Spain, more than 800 people died within 24 hours, increasing the number of deaths to more than 5800 by Saturday.

In Germany, too, the number of corona cases continues to rise: more than 50,000 people are proven to be infected in this country, according to the RKI the number of deaths increased to 325 on Saturday.
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