Germany reports record COVID-19 incidence before easing curbs

Reuters

Posted at Mar 15 2022 04:38 PM

General view of the Soegestrasse shopping street EPA-EFE
General view of the Soegestrasse shopping street in the city center of Bremen, northern Germany, Feb. 16, 2022. The Federal States of Germany are expected to ease the restrictions preventing the spread of the coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Focke Strangmann, EPA-EFE

BERLIN — Germany reported a record high 7-day incidence of the coronavirus on Tuesday, just days before the planned easing of restrictions.

The Robert Koch Institute registered 198,888 new infections, that is 42,000 higher than a week ago, bringing the total number of infections to more than 17.4 million.

The 7-day incidence rose to a new high of 1,585.4 infections per 1,000 people, up from 1,543.0 the day before. Another 283 people died, bringing the total to 125,873 people.

This week, the government wants to adopt a slimmed-down law that will significantly reduce restrictions around Germany. The existing law expires on Saturday.

The government argues that even though cases are rising, there is no longer a major risk of overloading the health system.

Limited protective measures will still be possible in hotspots with high numbers of infections.

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