German public health official sees pandemic under control by year-end

German public health official sees pandemic under control by year-end

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will have the coronavirus pandemic under control by the end of the year, but a new, rapidly spreading strain of the virus may exacerbate the situation, the public health chief said on Thursday .

Germany has so far recorded 16 cases of people with a strain of the virus first detected in Britain and four with the strain from South Africa, said Lothar Wieler, president of the institute. Robert Koch, at a press conference. So far, all of the cases have involved people who have traveled abroad, he said.

These won’t be the last variations to see, he said, also referring to a new variant of the coronavirus found in Brazil.

“We will have more variations… Therefore, do not travel.”

Wieler urged those offered COVID-19 vaccination to accept it to provide relief to hospitals and said people should stick to social distancing and hygiene rules.

“At the end of the year, we will have this pandemic under control,” Wieler said. There would then be enough vaccines available …

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