Large majority of Germans fear second COVID-19 wave in near future: survey

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BERLIN, July 31 (Xinhua) -- A large majority of German citizens, or 77 percent, were fearing that a second COVID-19 wave would occur in the near future, according to a Politbarometer survey published by the German public broadcaster ZDF on Friday.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Germany increased by 870 within one day to 208,698 Friday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The deaths increased by seven to 9,141.

Last week, the RKI already warned that the number of new daily cases in the country was "significantly higher than in the previous weeks" when only 300 to 500 new daily cases were recorded.

Forty-five percent of respondents believed that people in the country "behave rather reasonably" during the COVID-19 crisis, according to the survey conducted among 1,249 people eligible for voting. However, 51 percent said the general behavior of the country's population is not reasonable.

According to the survey, 94 percent of Germans were in favor of mandatory COVID-19 tests for travelers from risk areas. Mandatory tests at airports as well as key train stations had been suggested by a number of German politicians after the number of cases had started increasing again.

People returning from risk areas would have to get a COVID-19 test upon their arrival and the test would be free of charge, German Minister of Health Jens Spahn announced on Monday. The regulation is planned to come into force next week. Enditem

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