Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn CNBC said Wednesday it was “too early to say” whether the country would extend its partial lockdown beyond November, as more time is needed to determine if the final round of Coronavirus Limitations have appropriately reduced the transmission.
“We actually need patience, because today’s numbers are actually the infections that took place a week or more days ago,” Spahn said in an interview that was broadcast “Close the bell.” “It will be by the end of this week that we will see the results of the new blocking light we have now.”
According to CNBC’s analysis of the data from Johns Hopkins University, the 7-day average of the new coronavirus in Germany has increased by almost 22% compared to a week ago. The daily average of nearly 19,800 newly diagnosed infections in the past week is an all-time high in the country, according to CNBC analysis.
“We still have an increase, but much less than in the past few days, for example last week,” said Spahn, who has been Federal Minister of Health since 2018. On Wednesday, however, Germany reported it is largest increase in deaths of Covid-19 since April according to Reuters.
The four-week partial lockdown in Germany went into effect on November 2 and closed bars, restaurants and theaters while schools remained open. Shops can also remain open, but with capacity restrictions. With Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the restrictionsAs of October 28, the 7-day average of new cases in the country was more than 11,000.
Germany Received praise for the spring pandemic treatment, but it has seen a resurgence in Covid-19 cases as seen across much of the European continent. Merkel warned on Wednesday “that the second wave will be more severe” than the first outbreak of Covid-19.
Spahn confirmed that economic challenges caused by the imposition of public health restrictions that some did Warning of a double-dip recession across the euro zone. France has also resumed a partial shutdown, which is set to last at least until December 1st. The Czech Republic with their Heavily burdened health system, went into a second suspension in late October that has been in effect since then was extended until November 20th.
However, Spahn said aggressive measures are needed to control the virus before it spreads further, ultimately leading to additional economic pain. Therefore, the restrictions in Germany are not quite as strict as those of the neighbors, so Spahn. “If you wait too long to be banned, you have really got very high numbers and the ban must be even harder.”
Germany has 726,172 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to Hopkins. Almost 12,000 people have died from Covid-19.