The head of Germany’s doctors’ union said Tuesday the country is facing with a second wave of the coronavirus and risks squandering its early success by flouting social distancing rules.

“We are already in a second, shallow upswing”, Susanne Johna, president of the Marburger Bund union Germany, said, adding that there was a danger that the people’s longing to return to would fritter away the success the country had achieved so far.

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Johna added that hospitals were prepared and would make intensive care beds available to coronavirus patients on a staggered basis.

The number of confirmed infections in Germany increased by 879 to 211,281, while the death toll rose by 8 to 9,156. As of Monday, there were 270 Covid-19 patients in intensive care, of whom 130 were being ventilated.

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