“What We’re Dealing with Now Is a New Pandemic” Can We Stop a Super Coronavirus?

The new variants of the coronavirus are even more dangerous than those known so far. Researchers and politicians fear a sharp increase in the number of infections, with dramatic consequences like those seen in Britain. Can Germany still stop the new killers?
DER SPIEGEL 03/2021
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The pandemic now more closely resembles a sea of flames raging across the globe.
Coffins with victims of the coronavirus at the city crematorium in the city of Meissen in Saxony, Germany: Many state governors were late in recognizing how serious the situation had become.

Coffins with victims of the coronavirus at the city crematorium in the city of Meissen in Saxony, Germany: Many state governors were late in recognizing how serious the situation had become.

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Medical workers at a temporary medical station in Pretoria, South Africa: The second wave hit far faster than the first.

Medical workers at a temporary medical station in Pretoria, South Africa: The second wave hit far faster than the first.

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"There's no reason to believe that the virus won't become more efficient over time."
Health expert Tyra Grove Krause of Denmark: "The calm before the storm"

Health expert Tyra Grove Krause of Denmark: "The calm before the storm"

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"I can only advise Germany to introduce stringent restrictions and see it through."
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