Coronavirus Germany: The crisis could take two years, experts say

Germany warns that drastic corona virus restrictions could take TWO YEARS

  • The Robert Koch Institute says the coronavirus pandemic could last two years
  • Depends on how many people develop immunity and when the vaccine is developed
  • Chancellor Merkel announces the ban on meetings at places of worship
  • Coronavirus symptoms: What are they and should you see a doctor?

The German health authority has warned that the coronavirus crisis could last up to two years.

The Robert Koch Institute, the federal government responsible for disease control and prevention, claimed this on Tuesday because it increased the threat to Germany from “moderate” to “high”.

It comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced yesterday that churches, mosques and synagogues will be banned and playgrounds and non-essential businesses will be closed when the country reaches 7,000 confirmed cases and 14 deaths.

According to RKI President Lothar Wieler (pictured today), the duration depends on how many people develop immunity after being infected with the virus, how many people develop the disease and how long it takes to develop a vaccine

The Robert Koch Institute said the pandemic could go on for another 24 months as it usually runs in waves.

According to RKI President Lothar Wieler, the length of time depends on how many people develop immunity to COVID-19 after being infected with the virus, how many people test positive for the disease and how long it takes to develop a vaccine.

Dr. Wieler did not rule out that some of the immediate measures defined by the federal states would have to continue for this period.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (picture yesterday) announced that assemblies in churches, mosques and synagogues would be banned and playgrounds and non-essential businesses closed as soon as the country reached 7,000 confirmed cases and 14 deaths

Chancellor Angela Merkel (picture yesterday) announced that assemblies in churches, mosques and synagogues would be banned and playgrounds and non-essential businesses closed as soon as the country reached 7,000 confirmed cases and 14 deaths

A woman walks past shopping trolleys in front of a closed Ikea store in Berlin today

A woman walks past shopping trolleys in front of a closed Ikea store in Berlin today

In the meantime, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the government had provided around 50 million euros to bring German citizens who are stuck abroad.

He announced a trip to bring home thousands of tourists stranded in popular winter vacation spots around the world – especially people who are vacationing in Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, the Maldives and Egypt.

Maas said the government is spending up to 50 million euros on efforts to bring the Germans home in the coming days in collaboration with airlines like Lufthansa.

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (pictured at a press conference today) said the government had made around 50 million euros available to bring home the thousands of German citizens who were stuck abroad

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (pictured at a press conference today) said the government had made around 50 million euros available to bring home the thousands of German citizens who were stuck abroad

He did not give an exact number of stranded Germans, but said that there was a particularly large number in Morocco with about 4,000 or 5,000. He said, “Even if we do everything humanly possible, we cannot always find a solution within 24 hours.”

He said his ministry issued a formal warning about tourist trips to every country.

The German Volkswagen has announced that it will close most of its European factories for two weeks due to uncertainty about the demand for cars and the delivery of parts during the outbreak.

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