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Germany records another new low in Covid-19 numbers

Germany has recorded a 7-day incidence rate of below 25 dropping to another new low, according to the latest Robert Koch Institute (RKI) figures from Sunday.

Germany records another new low in Covid-19 numbers
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On Sunday morning, the RKI reported a 7-day incidence of 24.7 infections per 100,000 residents, down from 26.3 the day before.

It marks a continuing downward trend, as Germany dipped below an incidence rate of 30 for the first time since October on Friday.

Health authorities registered 2,440 new cases in the last 24 hours, with 74 more people dying from the virus, bringing the total death toll for Germany to 89,222.

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The figure stood at 3,852 new infections a week ago with the death count standing at 56 in a 24 hour period.

However, in a situation report, the RKI indicated the low figures could be attributed to a public holiday on Thursday (Corpus Christi), celebrated by six states in Germany.

“When interpreting the case numbers, it should be noted that fewer people visit a doctor on public holidays, which also means that fewer samples are taken and fewer laboratory tests are carried out. This leads to fewer pathogen detections being reported to the responsible health authorities,” stated the report.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the RKI has counted 3,700,367 positive infections with Sars-CoV-2.

The actual total number, however, is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not recognised.

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Those who recovered is 3,538,000, according to the Institute.

Thuringia reported the highest 7-day incidence on Sunday (30) closely followed by Saarland (29.6) and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania reported the lowest (8.4), according to the latest health data.

There are also 22 districts that have a high 7-day incidence of more than 50, with no district reporting above 100 per 100,000.

The following graph shows the geographical distribution of cases in Germany over the last 7 days.

Source: RKI

Numerous clusters, especially in households, in the professional environment as well as in day-care centres and nursery schools are cited as reasons for higher incidence rates.

Germany relaxes restrictions

As Germany records positive figures, more states in Germany began to open up this weekend.

As of Friday, out-of-state tourists are permitted to go on holiday again in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a popular destination situated along the Baltic Sea

Holidaymakers staying in a vacation apartment, and not visiting restaurants or museums, do not need to take another test. All others must be retested at least every 72 hours.

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Berlin also saw numerous restrictions relaxed this weekend. Six people from three households are now allowed to meet indoors and the figure goes up to ten people from five households if meeting outside.

Children under the age of 14 are not counted. Shopping and outdoor dining are possible without a coronavirus test. Indoor dining will also open up, with a mandatory test.

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German Chancellor Scholz tests positive for Covid after Gulf tour

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tested positive for the coronavirus and is displaying mild symptoms after returning from a tour of the Gulf, his spokesman said Monday.

German Chancellor Scholz tests positive for Covid after Gulf tour

The 64-year-old Social Democrat is isolating in his apartment in the chancellery, and will attend meetings online, spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said.

At the weekend, he visited Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar on a hunt for new energy sources after Russia cut gas supplies amid tensions over the Ukraine war.

He signed a deal Sunday for the UAE to supply natural gas and diesel to Germany.

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Meanwhile Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, also of the SPD, announced via Twitter on Monday that she had tested positive for Covid.

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