Second COVID-19 wave has already hit Germany, warns doctor’s union

Europe’s concerns of a coronavirus resurgence have been heightened again amid a warning that Germany has already entered a second wave of the virus, while France braces for worse to possibly come.

The head of Germany’s doctors’ union Susanne Johna told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper that she believes her country is currently undergoing “a second, shallow upswing” of COVID-19.

In the interview published Tuesday, Johna re-stressed the importance of adhering to social distancing rules to hold on to Germany’s early success in bringing the virus under control but warned a “long for normality” could hinder this process.

Distancing, hygiene and vigilant mask wearing all continue to be necessary to keep infection levels low, she said.

Johna’s comments come after a steady increase in the number of new cases of the virus reported in Germany — rising 879 on Tuesday to 211,281 in total. A further eight people died on the same day, bringing the country’s total to 9,156.

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