Countdown to Lockdown Germany Is Faring Poorly in the Second Wave of the Coronavirus

Germany has squandered the gains it made this spring in dealing with the coronavirus. A series of miscalculations by politicians in the fall has contributed to a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections in recent days. A second lockdown is coming.
The intensive care unit at Essen's university hospital: It's increasingly looking like Germany's "lockdown light" in November was lost time.

The intensive care unit at Essen's university hospital: It's increasingly looking like Germany's "lockdown light" in November was lost time.

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German Health Minister Jens Spahn: Many who use the country's coronavirus warning app aren't registering their positive test results.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn: Many who use the country's coronavirus warning app aren't registering their positive test results.

Foto: Sven Darmer / Davids
Berlin Mayor Michael Müller is the current chair of the national conference of German state governors.

Berlin Mayor Michael Müller is the current chair of the national conference of German state governors.

Foto: Markus Schreiber / ap
Saxony Governor Michael Kretschmer: "We underestimated this virus."

Saxony Governor Michael Kretschmer: "We underestimated this virus."

Foto: Martin Lengemann / Welt / ullstein bild
North Rhine-Westphalia Governor Armin Laschet: "We won’t need to discuss afterward what to reopen or what to close."

North Rhine-Westphalia Governor Armin Laschet: "We won’t need to discuss afterward what to reopen or what to close."

Foto: Niels Starnick / Bild am Sonntag
"The only chance we have of getting the situation under control again is a lockdown, but this would have to be done immediately."
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