Holidays can unleash the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. This was the warning message sent by the German Health Minister, Jens Spahn, on Monday. After the commotion generated by the finding that security measures are not being complied with in many tourist spots in the EU, he urged not to let his guard down. Not even in the summer break.
The danger is real. The pandemic has not passed, we are in the middle, “said Spahn, who serves this semester as the incumbent president of the council of health ministers. He noted that restrictions on public life must also be maintained during vacations, recalling that travel and social contact “facilitate the spread” of the Sars-CoV2. “Distance, hygiene and masks,” recalled the minister, referring to the motto of the Berlin government to remember the keys to controlling the spread of the pandemic. However, Spahn urged his European partners to be cautious and not to reintroduce, without consensus, restrictions on the movement of people within the community space.
His statements were made in the framework of the presentation of a study by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the leading epidemiological center in Germany. This serology work concludes that only 1.3% of 12,000 healthy individuals analyzed had antibodies against Sars-CoV2. This fact “reinforces our belief that the majority of the German population has not yet had contact with the coronavirus,” said RKI President Lothar Wieler, who called for extreme precautions.
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affected sum Germany since the beginning of the health crisis. In the last twenty-four hours, 159 new ones have been identified, a figure significantly lower than in the previous days, when 452 cases were registered in a single day.
people have died victims of the coronavirus. a much lower number than its neighbors, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
The study, clarified the expert virologist, “is not representative” of the whole of the German population because it is based on samples from blood donors, who by definition can only be adults with certain prerequisites for health. Among people with chronic illnesses, the antibody rate can be very different, Wieler explained.
Among the most interesting results of the RKI report highlights the fact that they presented antibodies against coronavirus twice as many men as women. They also highlighted the age differences, Wieler explained. The segment between 40 and 49 years was by far the one with the fewest immunized individuals. The highest proportion of them (1.9%) has been detected in people between 25 and 29 years old. In any case, the expert pointed out, it is “provisional” data, because the study, which started in March, is still ongoing.
Spahn, who will chair the first informal meeting of health ministers of the German presidency this week, stressed that it will be a “priority” for Berlin to jointly and coordinatedly address the situation caused by the pandemic and its consequences. In this regard, he stressed the importance of the EU achieving a certain degree of autonomy in health supplies. The deficits in this area were evident in the early stages of the pandemic in Europe, between February and March, said the minister, when the 27 suffered to a greater or lesser extent from shortages of masks and protective material. Many partners depended and depend on third-country suppliers, because domestic production after decades of offshoring is minimal. Specifically, Spahn advocated reducing China’s dependence on both these types of materials and “certain substances,” referring to chemical components for drugs and disease screening tests. The first step, in his opinion, is to draw up a joint list of these products with their counterparts, the manufacture of which is to be returned, to a large extent, to European soil.
Spahn, speaking already on behalf of all European partners, regretted the decision of the United States to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) due to Washington’s differences with the international body regarding the pandemic. It is a “hard setback” for this entity and for multilateralism, the German minister acknowledged.
Call not to make Mallorca the epicenter of a new outbreak
“We have to be very careful that the Ballermann is not a second Ischgl.” This was how forceful Jens Spahn was on Monday, comparing the main meeting point of many German tourists in Mallorca with the Austrian town, famous among skiers, considered the main focus and epicenter of the spread of Covid-19 in Europe.
Spahn’s statements are a reaction to the viral images released this weekend in various German media outlets of partying tourists in Mallorca flagrantly breaching security and distancing measures. The German minister added that “letting your guard down” is a danger to your own health and that of others.