Merkel faces growing 'frustration' as Germans warn Chancellor things have 'gone too far'


    Anti-lockdown protesters have flocked to Berlin to vent their anger at government-imposed restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus. Germany has seen a worrying surge in the number of COVID-19 infections leading Chancellor Angela Merkel to pursue stricter and more targeted lockdown measures to contain local outbreaks. WHO special envoy for COVID-19, David Nabarro told Times Radio that although it was possible to deal with the virus without a lockdown, it would require some key measures to help communities.

    He told listeners: “In Europe, not many countries put in the necessary local-level testing, tracing and isolating systems, or it took them quite a lot of time to do so.

    “Our current conclusion is that countries that are doing best, that have got least pain, are the ones that have painstakingly put in place this testing, tracing and isolating system and got it widespread across their countries.

    “There is still a bit of frustration even in Germany, one country that has done very well.

    “They’ve got the system, the Robert Koch Institute and others have led on it.”

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    Mr Nabarro continued: “There is, inside the country, some frustration because even when you’ve got the testing, tracing and isolating system working, periodically you have to do local movement restrictions.

    “The German population have been demonstrating and complaining because they think things have gone too far.

    “I think we’re going to face this all over Europe for the coming weeks and months.

    “Frustrated people will be saying, ‘why on earth are you doing this? why are you asking us to stop moving? why are you forcing us to change our plans?'”

    Germany recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in more than three months.

    More than 1,200 cases were reported in the past 24 hours.

    Officials claim the rise was due, in part, to people returning from holidays.

    Health ministers from Germany’s 16 states are in favour of applying future lockdowns only to small, localised areas.

    The country has recorded over 9,000 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began.


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