German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted on the 11th that the German government’s response to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic was not as good as that of the first wave, and its actions were “not cautious enough or fast enough”.
Merkel addressed the Bundestag on the same day, reviewing the government’s response to the pandemic.
She said that the German government began to gradually tighten pandemic prevention measures in early November last year, but “steps were slow”.
Merkel and the governors of 16 German states reached an agreement on the 10th to extend the current “lockdown” measures until at least March 7 to maintain the vast majority of pandemic prevention regulations unchanged.
Some opposition parties and industry figures have recently called on the government to relax pandemic prevention measures, citing the improvement of the pandemic and the continuous decline of infection rates.
However, government officials and health experts have repeatedly warned that the number of pandemic has not been reassuringly low, and the mutant novel coronavirus found in the United Kingdom and other countries may trigger a third wave of the pandemic in Germany.
Merkel said on the 11th that in order to avoid the above situation, it is necessary to extend the “lockdown”.
She advised the people to be more patient and promised that “the lockdown will not be closed for another day”.
According to the latest data of the Robert Koch Institute of Disease Control and Prevention in Germany, Germany has confirmed more than 2.3 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 63,000 deaths