Germany on Friday reported a third wave of coronavirus infections while Italy is set to impose another major lockdown over the Easter weekend, according to CNBC.
- Robert Koch Institute head Lothar Wieler said there are clear signs the third wave in Germany has already begun. The institute reported 14,356 new infections on Thursday, the highest daily tally in the last two week.
- The B.1.1.7 variant first discovered in the United Kingdom accounted for over 46% of new infections in Germany where over 2.5 million contracted COVID-19. Latest data puts deaths at 73,127.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel previously warned of a third wave if restrictions were lifted too quickly.
- The Italian government is in talks to discuss imposing tougher health measures from March 15 to April 6. It plans to place the entire country in the “red zone” from April 3 to April 5.
- A red zone entails a maximum level of restrictions where schools, non-essential shops, restaurants, and bars will all be closed.
- Italy’s COVID-19 infection tally surpassed 3 million last week and is at 3.1 million to date. This includes 101,184 deaths.