Germany: Health Min. Spahn warns German holidaymakers about dangers of a second wave

German Health Minister Jens Spahn expressed concern over images of German holidymakers celebrating together on the island of Mallorca over the weekend, during a joint press conference with President of the Robert Koch Institute Lothar Wieler in Berlin on Monday. «You have to be careful that the 'Ballermann' [Mallorca area characterised by party tourism, typically frequented by German tourists] doesn't become the second Ischgl [a major COVID-19 hotspot in Europe],» he stated. «I say again I understand the impatience but when we celebrate together, the risk of infection is very high and when the return journey starts there is the risk of infecting others on the plane but also others at home,» he added. However, he stressed, «his does not mean that we automatically have to expect a second wave in autumn and winter.» Spahn also commented on the extended use of the «Corona-Warn-App,» downloaded by «over 15.5 million citizens in Germany,» as a sign that «most of the citizens are playing this as a team, looking at this fight against the virus and know that together we can make a difference.» President of the Robert Koch Institute Lothar Wieler touched on the «half a million tests carried out in Germany in early July.» «The capacity of testing in Germany is now over 1.1 million per week. And this is a very, very good basis, because with this we can find cases very quickly and treat them accordingly, for example, or even put them in quarantine to limit the spread of the virus,» he said. However, he also acknowledged that «about one in a hundred samples are positive,» meaning «that the majority of the population has not yet had contact with the virus and is widely susceptible to infection.» As of Monday, Germany has reported 199,974 coronavirus cases and 9,072 related fatalities, as compiled data by Johns Hopkins University shows.

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