Germany eyes local travel bans to prevent 2nd virus wave

  • Helge Braun Head of Federal Chancellery and German Minister for Special Task answered questions during an interview with the Associated Press at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Helge Braun, says Germany has managed to flatten the curve of new coronavirus infections to three per 100,000 inhabitants a week, a very low rate by international comparison, and that the country can avoid a ‘second wave’ of infections in the fall if citizens keep following rules on social distancing, wearing masks and, if necessary, quarantining in areas that experience spikes in new cases. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

BERLIN — The government official overseeing Germany’s pandemic response expressed confidence Tuesday that his country can avoid a second big wave of coronavirus cases if people respect rules such as social distancing and wearing masks, but also floated the idea of local quarantines to curb fresh outbreaks.

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