Germany’s top disease control official warned that the country could see up to 10,000 new cases per day if people do not follow hygiene and social distancing rules.
“It is possible that the virus will spread out of control,” Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, told reporters in Berlin.
“We do not know how the situation in Germany will develop in the coming weeks. It is possible that we will see 10,000 new cases a day,” he said.
His announcement followed a spike in new cases. Germany recorded more than 4,000 coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period — marking the highest recorded figures since the height of the pandemic in the spring.
Numbers released on Thursday by the Robert Koch Institute showed 4,058 new confirmed infections — a jump of more than 1,200, compared to the 2,828 cases on Wednesday.