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IPFS News Link • Germany

Drastic coronavirus restrictions could last TWO YEARS, Germany warns

•, By Sophie Tanno

The Robert Koch Institute, the German federal government agency responsible for disease control and prevention, made the claim on Tuesday as it strengthened the threat risk for Germany from 'moderate' to 'high'. 

It comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday announced gatherings in churches, mosques and synagogues would be banned and said playgrounds and non-essential shops would close as the country reaches 7,000 confirmed cases, and 14 deaths. 

The Robert Koch Institute said the pandemic could stretch on for another 24 months as they usually run their course in waves. 

According to RKI President Lothar Wieler, the length of time depends on how many people develop immunity to COVID-19 after contracting the virus, how many more people test positive for the illness and how long it takes to develop a vaccine.  

Dr Wieler did not rule out the potential for some of the emergency measures established by countries to have to stay in place for that duration.