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Covid-19: Will Germany lose the fight against the second wave?

By Layal Liverpool

Schoolchildren wearing face masks catch a subway train in Frankfurt, Germany

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Germany, cited as an example of its first response to the coronavirus, is now fighting to contain the rising infections in Europe’s second wave.

“We have now reached a point at which we no longer know on average at national level where 75 percent of infections come from,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel during a press conference on October 28th.

In contrast to many other countries, Germany did not have to build its test and contact tracing infrastructure from scratch during the pandemic. During his first wave in spring …