Germany has recorded Covid-19 cases as it prepares to ease restrictions

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German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach vaccinates a German citizen against Covid-19 on a tourist bus during a campaign to increase the percentage of the country’s vaccinated population | Photo: EFE/EPA/MICHELE TANTUSSI

As it prepares to reduce restrictive measures to fight Covid-19, Germany recorded this Wednesday (16) a record incidence of cases of the disease since the start of the pandemic.

According to a report by the Robert Koch Institute, a German government agency, when 262,593 new cases were recorded on Wednesday alone, the average rate in one week reached 1,607 infections per 100,000 people in Germany.

However, with the predominant omicron variant in the country, the number of deaths did not follow the curve of contagions. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the new bulletin recorded 269 additional deaths from Covid-19, while at the worst moment of the pandemic in Germany, in January 2021, over several days more than a thousand deaths were recorded in 24 hours.

In total, 76.5% of the population in Germany received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine; 75.8% completed the vaccination cycle and 58% received a booster dose.

According to DW, the surge in infections began this month after rules barring unvaccinated people from certain enclosed public spaces began to be repealed.

Current rules to combat Covid-19 expire on Saturday (19), and the government intends to relax the remaining requirements, for example maintaining the use of masks compulsory only on planes, public transport , nursing homes and hospitals and Covid -19 testing only in medical clinics and other health facilities.

However, this flexibility displeases the Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach. “We cannot be satisfied with this. This is a situation that I would describe as critical. We have a sharp increase in the number of cases. We cannot be satisfied with a situation where between 200 and 250 people die every day,” he said last week.

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