Germany’s disease control agency on Friday urged against ending lockdown measures prematurely, warning that doing so might trigger a new wave of coronavirus.

Lars Schaade, vice head of the Robert Koch Institute, told a news conference on Friday that Germany’s relative success in combating coronavirus could have not been possible without the timely imposed lockdown measures.

“And we must keep it that way. We cannot afford to be negligent now,” he said, in response to calls for ending the coronavirus lockdown measures faster.

Schaade warned that being too hasty in lifting restrictions could lead to a rapid increase in

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