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Germany faced more than 400,000 daily coronavirus cases without action: RKI

FILE PHOTO: A member of the medical staff in a protective suit treats a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Havelhoehe community hospital in Berlin, Germany, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany would have faced more than 400,000 new daily coronavirus cases by Christmas if the pace of infections had been allowed to continue, a senior health official said on Tuesday, a day after a new partial lockdown was introduced.

“The (new) measures can brake the spread of the virus,” said Lars Schaade, Vice President of the Robert Koch Institute, the leading authority in Germany on the virus.

Reporting by Caroline Copley; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Michelle Adair