The reproduction rate of coronaviruses in Germany is estimated to have increased above the crucial value of 1, reaching 1.13, according to the country’s center for disease control and control, the Robert Koch Institute.
Before Saturday, Germany’s reproductive rate was less than 1, the institute reported.
Reproduction rate refers to the average number of people that each person infected with a coronavirus will infect.
The background: The increase in the reproductive rate indicates an increase in infections across Germany, a few days after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced an easing of the lockdown measures.
On Wednesday last week, Merkel announced a gradual reopening of all stores and schools, as well as the resumption of the Bundesliga football league, although there are no spectators.
The Robert Koch Institute said there was still a “degree of uncertainty” with these estimates, but the increase in the reproductive rate “means watching closely over the next few days.”
Germany has reported more than 171,000 cases of coronavirus, including more than 7,500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.