‘Germany managed Corona very well for six months’


BERLIN / PASSAU (dpa-AFX) – Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) is convinced that the vast majority of citizens in Germany are still behind the rules for containing the corona pandemic.

Horst Seehofer (Image: Getty Images)

“The vast majority is absolutely correct and disciplined,” said Seehofer of the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Saturday). “Of course, there are always other opinions when it comes to interfering with fundamental rights and restrictions on freedom. First, however, this is normal and second, I don’t think the majority.”

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Seehofer drew a positive conclusion from the previous corona policy. “It is fair to say that Germany managed the Corona pandemic very well this six months,” he said. The number of new infections and deaths is far lower than in many other countries. The discipline of the people, the protective measures of the federal and state governments, but also the quality of the health system would have helped to successfully contain the pandemic.

Seehofer did not want to comment on a possible second wave. “I will not take part in all the daily predictions about a possible second wave. Forecasts are and will remain difficult,” said the minister. He appealed to the population to continue to follow the Corona rules.

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According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities in Germany recently reported 870 new corona infections within one day. This means that the daily case numbers remain at a high level. Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, at least 208 698 people in Germany have been shown to be infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus, as the RKI reported on the Internet on Friday (data status as of July 31, midnight).

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