VBox7 logo

Germany: We are at beginning of epidemic, says Robert Koch-Institute chief

SOT, Lothar Wieler​, President of Robert Koch Institute (German): "As for March 25, 00:00 local time [23:00 GMT, Tuesday] 31,554 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed. The number of cases rose by 4,118 in comparison to the previous day. We are talking about the cases that have been submitted electronically through a system of the Robert Koch Institute. The death toll has risen to 149. That is 35 deaths more than the previous day. The actual number is 35 cases per 100,000 citizens in Germany right now. As expected, the number of cases has been growing. We are standing just at the beginning of an epidemic and the numbers are growing. According to the data from the previous days and according to our future predictions, the numbers vary from state to state across Germany. For example, we have 69 cases per 100,000 citizens in Hamburg, in Bavaria, we have 50 cases per 100,000 citizens, according to the official electronically submitted statistics. In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, we have 14 cases per 100,000 citizens. According to our estimates, there are at least 5,600 recoveries. That means that the number of the people recovered is growing as well. At least 5,600 recoveries. The average age of people infected with coronavirus in Germany is 45 years old. The average age of people who died is 81 years old, according to the latest data from March 25, 00:00 local time. Among those infected 55 percent males and 45 percent females." *NO CUTAWAYS AT SOURCE*
SCRIPT
President of Robert Koch-Institute Lothar Wieler said number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen to 31,554 with 149 deaths, speaking in Berlin on Wednesday.
"The number of cases rose by 4,118 in comparison to the previous day. We are talking about the cases that have been submitted electronically through a system of the Robert Koch-Institute. The death toll has risen to 149. That is 35 deaths more than the previous day," he said.
Wieler said Germany was standing 'at the beginning of an epidemic and the numbers are growing." The numbers vary from state to state across Germany with 69 cases per 100,000 citizens in Hamburg, 50 cases in Bavaria, and 14 cases in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, according to Wieler.
The official added: "According to our estimates, there are at least 5,600 recoveries. That means that the number of people recovered is growing as well."
According to the Robert Koch-Institute statistics, "the average age of people infected with coronavirus in Germany is 45 years old. The average age of people who died is 81 years old."
On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced strict coronavirus measures, which include a contact ban that forbids more than two people meeting together for at least two weeks.