BERLIN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Germany would need "nationally binding, effective and uniform rules" for the implementation of precautionary COVID-19 measures and to enforce the measures more consistently than before, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina said on Wednesday.
Because of the cold season ahead and increasing activities indoors, there was a "danger that the pandemic will once again develop in a way that is difficult to control," Leopoldina noted.
Daily COVID-19 cases in Germany went up by 1,769 to 275,927 over the past 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Last week, the country recorded the highest figure of new confirmed cases since April.
"In view of a possible tense situation in autumn and winter, uniform rules and escalation levels for protective measures should be defined nationwide, which will take effect depending on the regional infection incidence," the German scientists demanded.
The mandatory wearing of a mouth and nose protection in all indoor areas was of key importance if minimum distance and frequent air exchange could not be guaranteed, according to Leopoldina.
Time-saving and laboratory-independent test procedures to quickly differentiate between a COVID-19 infection and symptom-like diseases such as influenza were also important, according to Leopoldina.
To meet the rising infection figures in Germany, Minister of Health Jens Spahn announced on Monday to modify the country's COVID-19 strategy.
Outpatient clinics should help to "minimize the risk of infection in hospitals and doctors' practices," according to Germany's Ministry of Health (BMG). In addition, faster tests would be used in the future and new quarantine regulations would apply.