State Minister of the Interior of Berlin Andreas Geisel spoke to members of the media on Tuesday about plans to alter the German capital's coronavirus measures after a senate meeting in Berlin.
«We are constantly discussing in the senate whether these relaxations of the measures are giving the wrong signals. The easing decision gives the sense that the situation in the country is not so bad. And that's exactly what we want to avoid. Because it will have consequences, it will have consequences on the people, « explained Geisel at the presser adding that the fact lower cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the country does not mean there are still not infections occurring.
At the presser, Geisel spoke about revising the current regulations the city has regarding the current measures.
«We have to be always careful that when deciding to relax the preventive measures, we follow other rules carefully. Wearing face masks and keeping social distancing for example,» he said.
Geisel's comments come on the same day that a residential area in Berlin's Neukoelln district was placed under quarantine after at least 57 residents tested positive for COVID-19. Nearly 370 households were reportedly affected.
Local media reports indicate that the Berlin government is considering lifting the stipulation that only five people from a maximum of two households may meet together in the coming weeks.