Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz are seen at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin, Germany June 10, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Pool
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is well placed to avoid a second wave of coronavirus infections, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Friday, warning that the absence of a vaccine meant social distancing as well as testing and tracing measures were necessary.
“We are living with the virus, which I describe as a new normal. And it will only change when we have new medical therapies and when we have a vaccine,” Scholz said. “As long as this is not the case, we have to organize our lives so as to avoid a second wave.”
He added that the chances were “very, very large” that Germany could avoid a second wave.
Reporting by Paul Carrel; Writing by Joseph Nasr
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