Germany records highest daily COVID-19 infections since mid-May

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Germany on Saturday recorded the highest incidence of coronavirus infections since mid-May, reaching a limit of 100 cases per 100,000 over the past seven days, the measure of what used to be a measure of imposing strict lockdowns.

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However, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Germany could cope better now because of vaccinations, although he said restrictions on wearing masks and indoor activity for those without vaccinations would remain in place until next spring.

The Robert Koch Institute, responsible for disease control, said the seven-day incidence rate of cases – which until August used to decide whether to impose more stringent COVID-19 curbs – was 95 on Saturday. increased to 100 on Saturday.

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A total of 15,145 new infections were recorded on Saturday, 4,196 more than the previous Saturday, and another 86 people died to bring the total to 95,077.

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The escalation comes as the leaders of Germany’s 16 states are discussing how to proceed after the nationwide state of emergency ends on 25 November, meaning the restrictions will automatically end unless extended by a parliamentary vote. is not done.

Spahn said on Saturday that it should be possible to lift the state of emergency while maintaining rules requiring mask-wearing to enter most indoor public spaces and requiring proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result.

Spahn said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio, “We can obviously deal with the higher incidence, the higher the number of infections the better, without putting too much burden on the health system, because many people are already vaccinated. Huh.”

“From a state of emergency to a state of normalcy in a state of special caution, maybe in the spring, if there is no new version, I think it gives way to confidence as well.”

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However, he noted that low vaccination rates in parts of Germany – such as Saxony and Thuringian – were already seeing pressure on hospitals from rising infections.

About 66 percent of German residents have been fully vaccinated, compared to 63.3 percent of people across the European Union.

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