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Germany is at Start of Third Coronavirus Wave, Senior Official Warns of Rising Cases

FILE PHOTO: A view of the market square amid the coronavirus in Germany.

FILE PHOTO: A view of the market square amid the coronavirus in Germany.

Health Minister Jens Spahn added that Germany had to brace for a few hard weeks with the onset of the third wave.

Germany is at the start of a third wave of the coronavirus, the head of its public health agency said, warning that case numbers had been too high for a while and needed to be lowered.

Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases, told a Friday news conference that vaccination would help bring the virus under control, but said in the meantime people should socially distance.

”The virus is not going to disappear, but once we have a base level of immunity in the population we can control it,” he said, adding that vaccination had already led to a fall in the death rate from the virus.

Health Minister Jens Spahn added that Germany had to brace for a few hard weeks with the onset of the third wave.

first published:March 12, 2021, 15:46 IST