German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged German citizens to stay home today, after a dramatic leap in the country’s coronavirus cases.
The German government is doing everything possible to repatriate thousands of Germans who are currently abroad, he said, and pleaded for citizens to not travel.”Please stay at home,” he said.
This comes after the country reported 1,174 new infections within 24 hours between Sunday and Monday — its largest single-day rise in cases.
Germany has over 7,200 coronavirus cases, including 17 deaths, according to an estimate from Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the World Health Organization and additional sources.
The government also issued drastic new restrictions yesterday, closing bars, clubs, theaters, concert halls, museums, and other public spaces.
“These are measures that have never existed in our country before, but they are necessary,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday. “We need drastic measures to slow down the infection process.”