The President of Germany's Robert Koch Institute, the national agency for disease control and prevention, has warned that the coronavirus epidemic is just starting in the country.
“We are at the beginning of the epidemic and the number is growing,” Lothar Wieler said.
Addressing the comparatively low death rate in Germany, Wieler said “We don’t know why this is the case but there are several factors playing into it.”
There was widespread testing in Germany and many mildly ill people were detected, he said. And there hasn't been a large number of old people who have fallen sick so far.
But Wieler warned that it is completely "open ended how this epidemic will develop," and added that the death death toll will rise in Germany.