The official data show that the coronavirus infection rate in Germany increases again in the early stages of easing the lockdown.
According to a report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the infection rate, the number with which each COVID-19 positive person infects other negative people, has exceeded 1. Although the contagion rate is now increasing, several people gathered on the street on Saturday to demonstrate calling an end to the entire end of the lockdown.
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the current is to be eased and the shops are to be re-opened. Besides, the students are to gradually return to school as well as the Germany’s top football league is to start this weekend.
The country ranks seventh worldwide in the number of cases confirmed. According to worldtometers, over 171,704 have been registered nationwide and 7,549 people have died from the virus in the country.
Previously, the country was praised for effectively taking action against the world pandemic. The extensive testing and instant lockdowns gave results in lowering the infection rate and also helped keep the deaths lower than in some of the most affected European countries.
Although people are calling for the lockdown to be lifted more quickly, experts have criticized Ms. Merkel for deciding to relax these measures, the move that has now increased the infection rate.
The Chancellor has applied an emergency brake, according to which the local authorities must now impose the lockdown measures again if the cases exceed the threshold of 50 per 100,000 people.
In North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein, the break was already implemented after the outbreak in meat processing plants.
Also, an outbreak has occurred in nursing homes in Thuringia, and it has been reported that there is a threshold of 80 per 100,000 people.
While this estimate creates some uncertainty, the increase in the number requires close monitoring of the situation over the coming days.
In general, the latest official data indicate that the COVID-19 infections are on the surge again across the country.
And the prediction that the infection rate could exceed 1.1 can be correct. The rate implies that 10 people can pass the virus on to 11 new people, which is a high infection rate.
Although the rate is an estimate with no proven data, it should be below 1 for some hopes that the country has curbed the spread of the virus.
However, all of this comes as Germany relaxes restrictions in some of the riskiest sectors such as cafeterias, hotels and stadiums.
So the government will monitor closely whether this is a trend. And if the virus spreads faster, some restrictions could be imposed again.
Simultaneously, for more than a month the death toll in the country has maintained low. In the last 24 hours to Sunday, less than 40 COVID-19 related deaths were confirmed. While some have criticized that the country has relaxed its restrictions too soon, others are don’t concerned and even do not abide by the mitigation rules. Berlin officials arrested around 30 people outside the Reichstag on Saturday for not adhering to social distance measures.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.