Germany coronavirus reproduction rate sees strong growth, raising National concerns


Germany coronavirus reproduction rate has jumped to 2.88 Sunday, from 1.79 a day earlier, the health authorities said, a rate of to show the infections are rising above the level necessary to contain the disease in the long term.The rise brings with it the possibility to renew the restrictions on activity in Europe’s largest economy — a blow to a country that until now had been widely viewed as a success in the fight against the spread of coronavirus, and to keep the number of deaths relatively low.

To keep the pandemic under control, Germany has required that the reproductive rate to drop below one. The rate of 2.88, published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for the public health, means that out of 100 people who contract the virus, more than 288 people will be infected.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel had favored the maintenance of the locking action for the longest time, but gradually eased restrictions in recent weeks, following pressure by the politicians of the region for the restart of the economy.

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Already, the country is struggling to get people to adhere to the segregation rules in places where they have been imposed. The weekend, the authorities of Goettingen necessary anti-riot police to enforce quarantine measures.

The outbreaks in recent weeks have taken place in nursing homes, hospitals, institutions for asylum seekers and refugees, in the meat processing plants and logistics companies, among the seasonal workers in the harvest and in connection with religious events, RKI said.

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The rate of 2.88 is a jump of 1.06 Friday, based on RKI of the shift of 4 days on average, which reflects the infection rate of one to two weeks.

Based on an average of 7 days, the infection rate increased by 2.03, the RKI said, adding that the accurate reading for the long-term models will take a couple of days.

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The peak of infections is mainly related to local outbreaks, including in North Rhine-Westphalia, RKI said. North rhine-Westphalia has been one of the regions most vocal about urging Merkel to the ease of locking restrictions.

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A top of 7 days, the incidence rate has been observed in the towns of Guetersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. New outbreaks have been detected in the cities of Magdeburg, in Saxony-Anhalt and the Berlin district of Neukoelln, RKI said.

In total, Germany reported 189,822 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 8,882 deaths COVID-19 have been reported, RKI said.

In an interview published Sunday, the President of the Bundesbank, Jens Weidmann told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that the economy had passed the worst of the crisis caused by the outbreak of coronavirus and it is now expected to gradually recover.


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