The Federal Government is to cut internet access at a number of refugee camps in Germany as it works to combat the spread of the virus, which has claimed hundreds of lives.
The announcement came as Germany reported the first death of a migrant at the hands of the so-called “super killer” virus, a strain of the coronavirus that has killed at least 10 people across the continent.
The number of people infected with the coronajavirus in Germany jumped by almost half in the first three weeks of the year from the same period last year, to more than 12,000 people, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) said on Monday.
It said that while some of the countries hardest hit by the coronivirus have been forced to close, other countries have reported a “significant increase” in infections.
A total of 8,400 people were infected in Germany during the three-week period, the BAMF said, and the country has reported more than 4,000 new cases.
In a press conference in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “As of today, we have had over 1,400 new coronaviruses detected in the country.”
We are working with the European Commission and other partners to make sure we have a strong response in the countries affected, and we will not give in to pressure.
“This is the best we can do.”
The government announced the closure of internet access for refugee camps at a time when it is grappling with an unprecedented spike in asylum applications.
The BAMFs decision comes as a growing number of asylum seekers have been arriving at camps near the border with Austria, which the government has said is a crucial route for asylum seekers seeking a place in Europe.
Austria is also home to some 3,000 migrants who arrived at its border on Monday, the highest number in at least two years.
The number of migrants entering Austria from the border has risen dramatically.
The government has struggled to cope with the influx of asylum-seekers, with some refugees sleeping in tents on the frontier.
Germany is also grappling with its worst-ever spike in the number of new coroniviruses cases, with more than 10,000 cases recorded in the past three weeks.
The country reported its first death in a migrant camp at the end of April, with authorities now reporting an additional 10 cases at a camp near the northern city of Graz.
Officials said they are also investigating more than 1,000 additional coronaviral cases in Germany in the last three weeks, and are also considering closing the country’s border with Serbia.