The head of Germany’s disease control agency has blamed negligence

The head of Germany’s disease control agency has blamed negligence for a worrying rise in cases in the country, while the World Health Organization has counselled against treating Covid-19 as a seasonal phenomenon or talking about waves of the virus.

The warnings came as Madrid’s regional government imposed new restrictions to halt the spread of the virus in and around the Spanish capital, and the German foreign ministry advised people not to travel to the hard-hit Spanish regions of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarre.

It comes as the head of the World Health Organisation warned the pandemic “continues to accelerate” with a doubling of cases over the last six weeks – with officials warning the risk was not of a second wave, but of a continuation of the first which continues to afflict the global population.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organisation’s director-general, said nearly 16 million cases have now been reported to the UN health agency, with more than 640,000 deaths worldwide. ”Covid-19 has changed our world,” he said on Monday. “It has brought people, communities and nations together — and driven them apart.”

Officers used a digger and sniffer dog as they scoured the allotment during the “large-scale” operation that lasted several hours.

It remained unclear tonight if the team were looking for a body or other evidence linked to the case.

“These are the lower bound estimates,” Professor Dickman said. “We’ll never know exactly what the number might have been.”

The team of ten scientists from universities across Australia examined the impact of the fires on mammals, reptiles, birds and frogs. They calculated 143 million mammals were killced or displaced, 2.4 billion reptiles, 180 million birds and 51 million frogs.

Police were later seen withdrawing bags of possible evidence from the site, with a witness telling German newspaper Bild that Brueckner had previously lived at the allotment.

Police put up a fence around the allotment after they started their search early this morning, meaning they could only be seen through a copse of trees.

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