China News Agency, Berlin, August 10 (Reporter Peng Dawei) As of the evening of the 9th local time, the cumulative number of people diagnosed with the new crown virus in Germany has reached 217,297, approaching 220,000. Among them, the number of newly confirmed cases in a single day from the 6th to the 8th of this month has exceeded 1,000 for three consecutive days, causing concerns from all walks of life. German Federal Minister of Economy and Energy Altmeier said on the same day that this is a worrying signal that all efforts must be made to prevent the country from implementing a "closed city" again.

  According to a report from Germany's "Times Online", as of 23:00 on the 9th, a total of 217,297 confirmed cases, 19,999 cured, and 9,357 deaths were reported in Germany. The German Federal Agency Robert Koch Institute announced on the 9th that the number of new confirmed cases was 555. However, it should be noted that since the health departments of some states did not immediately report new confirmed cases to the institute over the weekend, the latter’s announcement of new confirmed cases has been delayed.

Data map: Tegel Airport, Germany. Photo by China News Agency reporter Peng Dawei

  As the number of the epidemic rebounded, the "second wave of epidemic outbreak" has also become the focus of heated discussions among people from all walks of life in Germany. The authoritative German virologist Drosten reminded that if most of the epidemic transmission chain so far is traceable, then the next new cases may soon "appear at the same time on a large scale", "involving all counties." City, people of all ages". Drosten warned that if this happens, some places with poorly staffed health departments will face overloaded medical systems and cannot effectively isolate close contacts. He said that in view of the above-mentioned reasons, coupled with people's greater awareness of the new coronavirus, relevant epidemic prevention strategies should be updated.

  Wolfgang Steiger, secretary-general of the economic committee of the German ruling CDU, urged that citizens of that country be prohibited from travelling to high-risk countries and regions. However, Lauterbach, the health expert of the Social Democratic Party, who is in power with the CDU, believes that it is too late to issue such a ban, considering that German tourists are already on the way or on the way back to Germany.

  Altmaier told German media that the rebound trend of the epidemic must be flattened and reversed, "because this involves the health of everyone, the return of children to school, and the recovery of our country's economy."

  "We must do our best to avoid another'lockdown'." Altmaier said that Germany needs more precise epidemic prevention measures and correct existing problems. (Finish)