The Delta Dilemma Coronavirus Variant Has Some Worried about a New Autumn Wave

Germany’s political leaders want to avoid further lockdowns and school closures this fall. But they are also warning that there may be fresh outbreaks with the spread of the delta variant. It seems almost inevitable that some measures will need to be taken.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn (left) and Lothar Wieler (right), the head of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's center for disease control, at a press event in Berlin

German Health Minister Jens Spahn (left) and Lothar Wieler (right), the head of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's center for disease control, at a press event in Berlin

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Hermann Bredehorst

DER SPIEGEL 27/2021
SPIEGEL International
Beer garden visitors in Berlin: Finding a balance between confidence and caution

Beer garden visitors in Berlin: Finding a balance between confidence and caution

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"Delta is also on its way to becoming the dominant variant in Germany."

Virologist Ciesek

A vaccination station in front of a bar in Berlin: Many argue that Germany needs to be doing more to convince skeptics to get vaccinated.

A vaccination station in front of a bar in Berlin: Many argue that Germany needs to be doing more to convince skeptics to get vaccinated.

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"The willingness of the population to accept a new lockdown is simply too low."

SPD health policy expert Karl Lauterbach

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