"We are going to have very, very difficult months ahead," warned Merkel on Sunday afternoon, at an internal conference with the heads of the conservative parliamentary group in the federal states, according to today's edition of the Bild newspaper.
The chancellor also admitted to being concerned about the 30th meeting between the regional authorities and said she did not have "a very good feeling".
"This cannot continue like this", he considered, referring that contagions should continue to increase strongly and that, at least until February, it will be necessary to renounce large events, even in outdoor spaces.
The chancellor also considered that a large part of the responsibility for the increase in infections was “on holiday trips”.
The newspaper stresses that Merkel did not, at any time, refer to a second stoppage of public life, but made clear her conviction that the virus cannot be controlled "by simple means".
On Saturday, Merkel again appealed to the population to reduce contacts, given its repercussions on the increase in coronavirus infections, and repeated the message transmitted in a video released last week, because each of the words spoken in the podcast “continues to have the same validity ”, he defended.
“My fundamental conviction has not changed, I think it has only become more urgent: we are not powerless against the virus, our behavior decides how and how quickly it spreads. And what we all have to do now is to reduce contacts. Meet with a lot less people, ”he said.
Also the German Health Minister, Jens Spahn, asked the population on Sunday to collaborate to contain the pandemic, in a video message recorded at his home, where he is quarantined, after taking a test that indicated, on Wednesday fair, be infected with the coronavirus.
“Please continue to help, don't listen to anyone who trivializes [the situation]. This is serious. We know what this virus can cause, precisely in people with previous diseases and in the elderly ”, he defended.
Germany recorded 8.685 new infections in the last 24 hours - after 11.176 cases counted on Sunday and a new maximum of 14.714 on Saturday - which is attributed to the fact that not all federal states report their data on weekends.
The number of new infections released today is double the 4.325 new cases reported on Monday of last week.
According to data updated at midnight by the Robert Koch Institute, an entity responsible in Germany for disease control and prevention, the total number of infected since the announcement of the first infection in the country, at the end of January, is 437.866, including 10.056 dead, the representing 24 more fatalities in one day.
About 326.100 people have overcome the disease.
The incidence of contagions of covid-19 in the country is currently 80,9 cases per 100.000 inhabitants in seven days.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1,1 million deaths and almost 42,7 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.