Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the national agency for disease control and prevention, has raised the risk of the coronavirus to public health to “high.”
“We notice that even well-established clinics are now having problems,” said RKI president Lothar Wieler Tuesday. “We have to do everything possible to interrupt any possible chain of infection.”
Wieler said he assumed the number of coronavirus cases is “significantly higher” than reported to the institute.
“We don’t yet know what the death rate will be,” he added.
Wieler singled out the community of Heinsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, as being especially affected by the pandemic.