People in Berlin could be seen enjoying the sun by sitting by the spree river, playing football and carrying out other group activities on Saturday, despite warnings about the spreading coronavirus.
«In Berlin there was no coronavirus at the beginning, I believe and then it only came slowly. Now of course super-fast, suddenly but I believe the young people are not that interested at the moment... Еще. No one is stressing about it too much… But I think, as can be seen here, there are loads of people on the streets,» said Berlin resident Melvin.
Schools, museums and clubs have started closing around the German capital to try to slow down the virus spreading by limiting group gatherings, banning events with over 500 participants.
«Fighting [Coronavirus] is a very important topic, as people are dying, it's a global pandemic. But everyone seems to be like normal here in this city. There are some countries in Europe that are closing borders, but Germany, at least Berlin is continuing a normal life,» said Berlin resident Augustin.
Last Wednesday German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that up to 70 per cent of the German population could be infected with coronavirus. Merkel made the striking prediction at a joint news conference with Health Minister Jens Spahn and noted that the government's focus was slowing the spread of the virus and «winning time.»
There are currently over 4,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany. Earlier on Saturday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared a state of emergency and announces further lockdown measures to prevent the spread of the virus.