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Coronavirus: 50% of Germans scared of second wave

July 2, 2020

About half of the people in Germany are fearful of a second wave of the coronavirus, a survey has found. But more people think climate change is a bigger issue for Germany's EU presidency run than the coronavirus.

Germans wearing masks on a tram. One person is wearing his as a chin guard.
Image: DW/S. Kinkartz

Half of Germany's population fears a second wave of the coronavirus, according to the Deutschlandtrend survey conducted for the ARD public broadcaster and published on Thursday.

Some 13% of people are very worried that infections will rise significantly in the coming weeks, while 37% are very worried, the survey found.

Others were more relaxed: 32% said they were less worried about a  second wave of pandemic, and 17% are were even less worried.

However, people have significantly altered their behavior in response to the virus. Some 89% said they wash their hands more often, 88% said they now keep a clear distance to others. Just under three-quarters of Germans (72%) said they meet friends and relatives only to a limited extent.

Everyday behavior in Germany

More than half (57%) said they will not be going on a summer holiday this year, while 39% will proceed despite the pandemic. 

Most people in Germany wear a face mask where it is mandatory to do so, however 80% said they do not wear masks where they are not legally required to do so. 

The survey run by Infratest dimap polled 1,003 people. 

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German attitudes toward the EU

Germany's EU presidency should focus on climate change

The survey also polled respondents on their views of Germany's agenda for the six-month presidency of the European Union. Germany took over the European Union presidency on Wednesday.

Some 50% of respondents want the German EU Council Presidency to focus on climate protection, while 39% want Germany to concentrate on dealing with the consequences of the pandemic.

Other topics did not draw an enthusiastic response as special issues for the presidency, with 33% concerned about compliance with the rule of law in the EU, 25% concerned about questions of digitalization, and 24% concerned about the upcoming EU budget. Just 7% think that Germany should concern itself with future relations with Great Britain.

aw/sms (AFP, epd, dpa)