German Health Minister Jens Spahn said many people in Germany were classed as “high risk” due to their advanced age.
“Germany’s aging population and diseases such as diabetes make COVID-19 particularly dangerous to many,” the country’s health minister said. “All of these are risk factors for this virus as well as many other infectious diseases,” Spahn said.
He warned that even if 2% of 20,000 new cases had to be hospitalized every day, that would amount to 400 hospitalizations.
“If you go by the definition, 30 to 40% of the population is in a high-risk group.”
Global coronavirus infections have now exceeded 50 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.