Germany: 'Far from an exponential increase' — Merkel on new COVID-19 cases

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her government was watching the increase in COVID-19 cases «very closely» and that «we are far from an exponential increase» during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday, as 600 people tested positive for coronavirus at a meatpacking plant near Bielefeld. «I am actually quite satisfied that we have a constant number of infections at the moment, and I say again: we are watching that very closely. We are far from an exponential increase,» Merkel said. «There is a lot of testing, which is good, and even more testing can be done, we have the capacity. And that is why we are first of all putting all our energy into following the situation as it becomes more relaxed and movements increase. We are capable of acting at any time if this should change.» Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder said reopening schools and day-cares after the summer holidays would only work by «not rushing into it, but to plan the whole thing with the teachers in our country.» Over 600 people tested positive for COVID-19 at a meatpacking plant in Guetersloh, near Bielefeld, in north-western Germany, on Wednesday. The meatpacking plant owned by Toennies has been shut down, as well as local schools and kindergartens. According to reports, 657 people tested positive out of 983 tests. Germany has registered more than 190,000 cases of coronavirus and at least 8,922 deaths with the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.


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