THERE is new found hope for the UK as Germany has ‘flattened the curve’ in coronavirus cases and the number of deaths in Italy has fallen for a second day.
Germany’s public health chief said the upward trend in cases is now appearing to level off after the government introduced strict social distancing measures.
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Lothar Wieler, head of the country’s health institute, said: “We are seeing signs that the exponential growth curve is flattening off slightly.
“But I will only be able to confirm this trend definitively on Wednesday.”
Mr Weiler added he was optimistic after the German government imposed strict measures on public gatherings and washing hands.
The news comes as Angela Merkel’s first coronavirus test was negative after she came into contact with an infected doctor.
Ms Merkel, 65, will still undergo further tests in the coming days amid fears she could still develop Covid-19.
German Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz said earlier Ms Merkel was healthy but working from home.
She recently announced a nationwide ban on public meetings of more than two people outside work, saying the ban would be in place for at least two weeks.
In Italy, the latest figures have shown a drop in the rate of deaths and new infections.
The number of deaths still increased by 602, but it was the smallest increase for four days.
Italy is Europe’s worst-hit country with more than 6,000 deaths and 63,927 cases.
Italy’s Civil Protection Agency showed 4,789 new cases on Monday, nearly 700 fewer than the day-to-day increase of 5,560 new cases reported from a day earlier.
The number of deaths followed a similar trend with 602 virus-related deaths registered on Monday compared to 651 on Sunday and 793 on Saturday.
The drop in the rate of deaths and new infections indicates that the curve may be finally starting to flatten out, two weeks after the entire country was placed into lockdown.
The killer bug has killed 17,156 globally and infected nearly 400,000.
Last night, Boris Johnson gave a historic TV address on stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
In unprecedented circumstances, Britain awoke today to an historic new beginning as it enters the first full day under lockdown, with new rules in place and fines for anyone who breaks them.
Brits face uncertain times as the lockdown comes into force and no one can predict yet just how long it will last.
GLIMMER OF HOPE
Italy’s death toll falls for 2nd consecutive day as virus claims 602 more
People will only be allowed to leave their home for very limited purposes, including shopping, one form of exercise a day and any medical need.
Mr Johnson said anyone who doesn’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
The number of infections in the UK have soared above 6,700 and 338 people have died.
How Germany is beating the odds
Infected: 30,150 Deaths: 130
- Germany has one of the world’s highest concentrations of hospitals
- The government has said it would double the number of intensive care beds to about 56,000
- The WHO says Germany’s strict testing programme helps to identify cases earlier
- Germany has been able to track chains of infection and prevent coronavirus hitting those most vulnerable
- In Germany any doctor can perform a coronavirus test and public health insurance will pay