The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Germany appears to be drawing to a close, the German Minister of Health said on Friday.
“The trend of the past few weeks has shown that the third wave appears to be over,” Jens Spahn said at a weekly health briefing, while adding a warning that if the number of infections increases, they are “still at. a very high standard. . “
The country’s social distancing measures as well as the acceleration of the vaccination campaign have contributed to this trend, Spahn added.
The infection rate in Germany fell to less than 126 cases per 100,000 population in seven days, he said.
The incidence rate of coronavirus infections was declining in all age groups, Lothar Wieler, head of the German infectious disease agency Robert Koch Institute.
“The current development with a decrease in the number of infections, a slow decrease in the number of patients with Covid in intensive care units and the acceleration of the vaccination campaign is very positive and gives hope that we will soon control the pandemic, ”he said.
Meanwhile, new legislation in Germany will come into force this weekend, granting more freedoms to fully vaccinated people and those who have recovered from Covid-19.
These groups will no longer need a negative test if they want to go shopping, go to the hairdresser or visit a botanical garden. Those vaccinated will also be allowed to meet in private without restrictions. Quarantine after travel abroad will not be mandatory if fully inoculated, with some regional exceptions.
The government has said it is not about granting privileges but restoring constitutional rights, but opponents of the settlement fear it will create a two-class society.
After a hesitant start, Germany accelerated its vaccination program. Nearly 31% of people have received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and nearly 9% are fully vaccinated, the Robert Koch Institute said.
Earlier this week, Spahn said the government was working to provide a digital vaccination card to those who have been vaccinated by the end of June at the latest.