German COVID-19 Cases Rise Again

An expert from the Robert Koch Institute for disease control and prevention said on Tuesday that the cases of coronavirus in Germany have been rising exponentially, jeopardizing the government’s plan to lift the country’s lockdown which was supposedly aimed to revive its ailing economy.

The German research institution said that the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 reported on Tuesday was 83.7 which significantly increased compared with 68 a week ago.

According to RKI, it was not impossible for the metric to reach 200 by the middle of April.

Dirk Brockmann, an epidemiologist at the RKI, said in an interview with the German ARD television that Germany is already facing the third wave of coronavirus pandemic.

The lifting of restrictions and policies over the past few weeks was blamed for the skyrocketing number of new infections as a more transmissible variant has spread within the European country.

“We are exactly on the flank of the third wave. That can no longer be disputed. And at this point, we have eased the restrictions and that is speeding up the exponential growth,” Brockmann said. “It has been totally irrational to loosen up here. It is just fuelling this exponential growth.”

Earlier this month, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of the country’s states have agreed on a phased lifting of protocols and pandemic restrictions, together with an “emergency brake” that would allow local officials and authorities to re-impose the measures if the number of COVID-19 cases hits more than 100 per 100,000 on three consecutive days.

The leaders were scheduled to meet again on March 22 to discuss whether they should continue the gradual relaxation of the restrictions.

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