Berlin coronavirus cases drop below ‘emergency brake’ threshold

Berlin coronavirus cases drop below ‘emergency brake’ threshold
People enjoy the sun in Berlin in late April. credit: dpa | Bernd von Jutrczenka
The seven-day incidence in the German capital stayed below 100 of the second say in a row on Saturday, meaning the city is coming ever closer to the end of night-time curfews.

The German capital’s seven-day incidence stood at 97 at the start of the weekend, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). On Friday, the value had dropped below 100 to 98.6.

According to the national ‘emergency brake’ law, regions must have a seven-day incidence below 100 on five consecutive days, in order to end a raft of restrictions, which include night-time curfews, contacts reduced to one person outside one’s own household, and the closure of all but essential shops.

Due to the fact that Sundays are not included in the calculation, Berlin’s emergency brake could be over at the end of next week if the seven-day incidence stays below 100.

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Mayor Michael Müller told broadcaster RBB that next steps will be discussed by the Berlin city government on Tuesday.

“We will talk about culture and gastronomy, and everything that is possible outdoors,” Müller said.

Nationwide, case numbers also continue to fall.

Regional health authorities reported 15,685 new infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Saturday morning. A week ago some 19,000 cases were recorded. 

The national seven-day incidence fell further to 122 on Saturday morning from 126 on the previous day.

Across Germany, 238 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours, according to the RKI data.

SEE ALSO: Why are Germany’s coronavirus numbers coming down so sharply?

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