German health minister Jens Spahn said Sunday that all events of over 1,000 participants should be canceled “until further notice.” Confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus rose to 1,040 over the weekend according to the Johns Hopkins CSSE tracker. The recommendation by Spahn was precipitated by they need to ease the strain on public health services.
Politico.eu reported that Spahn commented, “Our primary goal is to slow its spread. We will talk about how we will deal with the economic consequences in the next few days.” A tweet by Spahn also emphasized this point.
Strain on Healthcare Systems is Growing Problem
Most people recover from coronavirus but a significant proportion has severe cases. Some estimates show this as high as 16%, many of which are admitted to hospitals. The rapid spread of the virus and the high proportion that require medical attention in hospitals are challenging systems that are not prepared for rapid spikes of patient admissions. This is a key reason for responses similar to what we are seeing in Germany.
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