As of Saturday, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University, Germany reported just over 7,500 documented deaths attributed to COVID-19. Merkel’s announcement that tight control controls would be loosened came after a decline in the country’s daily infection rate.

Since the coronavirus scare, the attempt to return to German football has experienced a setback following the announcement by Dynamo Dresden that their entire team has been set aside. The second division club said it took the action after two players tested positive for the virus in laboratory samples, although both are reportedly symptomatically safe.

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Dresden was due to resume their season on May 17 at Hannover 96, but that match has now been canceled due to quarantine measures. After a decline in the country’s number of new incidents, the German Bundesliga announced ambitious plans to return next weekend, behind closed doors and subject to strict security controls.

Dresden’s sports manager Ralf Minge said in a statement: “We have made tremendous efforts in terms of personnel and logistics over the past few weeks to strictly implement all the prescribed medical and hygienic measures.”We are in contact with the responsible health authority and the DFL to coordinate all further steps.

The truth is that we can not prepare or take part in the game in the next 14 days.”On Thursday Dresden returned to training and participated in two full-contact practice sessions. The club said all players are now facing compulsory quarantine in their own homes, as well as coaching and support personnel.

Earlier Saturday, the former president of the German Ethics Committee, Peter Dabrock, opposed the decision to revive football.

“The cumulative compliance with the restrictions would have a fatal impact,” Dabrock told DPA news agency.

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