Germany disease center warns of second wave of coronavirus
Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, was responding Tuesday to a question about whether a planned contact-tracing app is still relevant given that new infections have slowed significantly.
Wieler put the current reproduction rate in Germany - the number of other people whom one person with the virus infects - at 0.71.However, Wieler pointed to the nature of a pandemic and said "we know with great certainty that there will be a second wave - the majority of scientists is sure of that.
Wieler said that Germany's "preparation is definitely better" for a second wave.He added that a lot has been done in recent months and doctors know more about how to deal with COVID-19 cases.
But he added: "it's clear, depending on how strong this second wave is, certain measures will of course have to be taken again if we want to slow the wave - I don't know how it could be handled differently."Germany is currently in the process of loosening restrictions imposed in March to slow the initial coronavirus outbreak. (AP) INDIND
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