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Germany Faces ‘Long Road Ahead’ in Covid Battle, Expert Warns

  • Public-health institute chief says tougher curbs essential
  • Pressure on intensive-care units set to increase further
Visitors at a Christmas market in Frankfurt, on Nov. 22. 

Visitors at a Christmas market in Frankfurt, on Nov. 22. 

Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Germany has a long battle ahead against the Covid-19 pandemic, a top health official warned, with pressure set to increase on intensive-care units even as infections show signs of peaking.

An apparent plateau in the number of new cases could partly be a result of overwhelmed local health authorities falling behind on testing, Lothar Wieler, the president of the RKI public-health institute, said Friday at a news conference in Berlin. He urged citizens to reduce social contacts and called for caution in interpreting the latest Covid data.