With the coronavirus “will have to fight for a long time,” said Merkel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said may 6 that the country has overcome the first phase of the epidemic coronavirus, according to the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

While Merkel stressed that Germany has reached the goal, slowing the spread of infection, but is still “at the beginning of the pandemic.” She noted that with the coronavirus “will have to fight for a long time”.

In connection with the improvement of the epidemiological situation the German authorities announced the easing of the quarantine restrictions: will allow the meeting of people from “two different households,” and not only family members, will open more stores. At the same time, in effect at least until June 5, will remain requirements for physical distancing and mandatory wearing of masks in public places.

Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the American Johns Hopkins University, the number of infected with the coronavirus in the world exceeded the 3.68 million people, including more than 1.2 million recovered, 258 thousand died.

In Germany, according to the Institute Robert Koch, confirmed 164,8 thousand cases of infection (947 of them in recent days), died of 6.9 thousand people (+198).