Researchers at the Robert Koch Institute reported that the spread of coronavirus in Germany increased a few days after authorities relaxed social restrictions. They reported that basic reproductive numbers rose from 0.83 to 1.10. This means that 10 infected people now on average infect 11 people.
They have not yet been able to predict how the spread of the virus will develop in the country. Researchers noted that they lacked data to understand whether the downtrend of those infected would continue or whether their number would increase.
Restrictive measures in the country lasted from mid-March, after which the German authorities decided to weaken quarantine. They allowed the opening of small grocery stores, bookstores, car dealerships, and bicycle sale and repair shops. The opening of schools and other educational institutions will be controlled by the land authorities.
In addition, German citizens were recommended more often to be in the air and ride a bicycle. At the same time, Angela Merkel announced the possibility of an “emergency brake” – reintroducing restrictions if the infection continues to spread.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, 168,000 cases of coronavirus infection have now been confirmed in Germany. 143 thousand people recovered, 7 thousand died.