BERLIN (Reuters) – The rate of reproduction of the new coronavirus, in Germany, has jumped to 1.79 after a series of localized epidemics, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health said on Saturday, far above the level that is required to contain in the long term.
The number is a sharp increase of 1.06 on Friday, is a setback for the European Union’s most populous country, which has been more successful in the pandemic, many European counterparts, mainly due to the first tests and measures of social distance.
The institute attributed the rise to a number of local outbreaks, which have been seen in places such as meatpacking plants, logistics centres, and shelters for refugees. Outbreaks have also been linked to religious services and family feasts.
The prime minister of western North Rhine-Westphalia, region, warned on Friday that it faces the threat of a new lockdown in the middle of a spiral with the outbreak of a major abattoir.
“Since the number of cases in Germany are generally low, these households have a relatively strong influence on the value of the reproduction number of the” RKI said. “Across the country an increase in the number of cases is not intended.”
When rolling for the effects of short-term, the government is affiliated to the institute believes that the country reproduction rate to 1.55, up $ 1.17 on Friday.
A reproduction rate, or ” R “, of 1.79 means that 100 people who have contracted the virus to infect, on average, 179 other people. A rate of less than 1 is necessary to gradually contain the disease.
Even if his management of the sars coronavirus crisis has been among the most successful in Europe, Germany has seen many outbreaks in slaughterhouses, whose employees are often migrants living in crowded, company-provided accommodation.
Chancellor Angela Merkel had favored the maintenance of the locking discipline for a long time, but Germany finally loosened up the restrictions a result of the pressure exerted by the first ministers of the provinces.
Reporting by Thomas Seythal; Editing by Giles Elgood and Jan Harvey
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