Germany: Robert Koch Institute 'very concerned' over rising COVID-19 numbers

President of Robert Koch Institute Lothar Wieler said that he and everyone at the disease control institute were «very concerned» due to the recent rising number of coronavirus cases in the country. He made the comment while speaking to the press in Berlin on Tuesday. «The latest increase in the number of cases makes me and all of us in the Robert Koch Institute very concerned. We have made it possible to keep the numbers stable for several weeks. However, in the last days, we see that the number of cases has been increasing significantly,'' explained Wieler about the current trend of the pandemic in Germany. After Wieler delivered a briefing on measures to halt spread of the virus through the public, he emphasised that citizens must ''abide the rules for months'' and take them seriously. ''Even though we had good numbers in Germany to some extent, we unfortunately never had a stable rate below 300 per day. That needs to be said. My hope was that we would manage to have under 300 per day continually, but we didn't. No matter that we had low numbers, we have an increase again, and this increase is only related to the fact that we have become careless. This (raise) applies not only for the individuals but also for all the businesses,» Wieler added. Lothar confirmed that Germany had recorded an additional 3,611 over the past seven days.

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