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German Health Minister Warns Public Mood Is Too Lax on Covid

  • Country hasn’t seen a drop in cases like U.S. or U.K.
  • Transmission rate gains for ninth day, nearing record level
Pedestrians pass a market set up outside the the town hall in the old town of Marburg, Germany, on Feb. 2. 

Pedestrians pass a market set up outside the the town hall in the old town of Marburg, Germany, on Feb. 2. 

Photographer: Ben Kilb/Bloomberg

Germany faces a critical situation in the Covid-19 pandemic, with the public’s optimism belying a rebound in transmission, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said. 

Some 200 to 250 people in the country are still dying of Covid each day, a figure that may climb further as life moves back toward normal, Lauterbach said at a press conference in Berlin. Germany’s nationwide incidence rate climbed on Friday for the ninth straight day, nearing a record level.