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Germany faces a hard coronavirus pandemic winter

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In spring, Germans adapted quite quickly to the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing became the norm, and lawmakers took decisive action to contain the outbreak. Many Germans began working remotely, commuting by bicycle and spending more time at home. Many of us were shocked by footage of Italian and Spanish hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus patients and reports of growing death tolls abroad. We were appalled by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's indifference toward the virus. And even more so by US President Donald Trump's inaction.

DW's Jens Thurau

We were glad to have Angela Merkel in charge. We were confident that the lockdown would be lifted in time for summer. Our feeling was that we had weathered this crisis better than other countries — though nearly 10,000 Germans have died from COVID-19 so far. Still, the spring lockdown had brought out in many an irrational fear, the proverbial German angst, that led to the stockpiling of toilet paper and other items.

Now, with infections surging, our........

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