- The most pronounced increase so far was expected, as not all regional bodies transmitted the updated data to the institute last weekend.
- “We are seeing signs that the exponential growth curve is flattening off slightly,” said RKI President Lothar Wieler.
- Chancellor Merkel is still in voluntary self-isolation after coming in to contact with a doctor who tested positive.
The number of infections by the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus in Germany increased by 4,764 on Tuesday, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which is responsible for the control and prevention of diseases in the country. The total number of confirmed infections is 27,436, according to the agency.
So far, Germany has recorded 114 deaths from coronavirus infection. This represents an increase of 28 from the total of 86 as reported on Monday. The most pronounced increase so far was expected, says the RKI, as not all regional bodies transmitted the updated data to the institute last weekend. The information ended up being updated on Monday.
On the other hand, the contagion curve in Germany seemed to be starting to show signs of stability, according to information from RKI. The institute’s president, Lothar Wieler, said he was cautiously optimistic that the social distancing measures adopted in Germany will soon begin to contribute to slowing the spread of covid-19.
“We are seeing signs that the exponential growth curve is flattening off slightly,” said Wieler. He stressed, however, that it is still too early to confirm that this is happening with 100% certainty. “But I will only be able to confirm this trend definitively on Wednesday,” he added. Wieler also revealed that, since Monday, the RKI has been detecting a lesser mobility of the population in the country, through the evaluation of cellular data. “In general, movements have slowed, but that is still not enough,” said the expert.
On Monday, Germany banned meetings of more than two people in public spaces, expanding measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The country, however, did not impose mandatory quarantine on citizens, as was done in Italy and Spain, for instance.
Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in her home in self-isolation after she learned that a doctor whom she had come in contact with has tested positive for the coronavirus. The doctor vaccinated her against pneumococci on Friday afternoon. The Chancellor immediately quarantined herself after she heard the news,
Merkel had just finished explaining new measures against the coronavirus at a press conference. She will be tested regularly in the coming days, a spokesperson said. The head of government will continue to work as usual. Initial tests came back negative.
According to Worldometers, which reports coronavirus statistics in real time, there have been more than 32,000 cases of coronavirus in Germany, with 156 deaths. Worldwide, the site records more than 411,000 cases and more than 18,000 deaths. Most fatalities were recorded in Italy (6,820), followed by China (3,277), Spain (2,800) and Iran (1,934).
China, where the virus originated, leads the world in cases, with more than 81,000 at press time. This is followed by Italy (69,176), the United States (50,860), Spain (39,676), and Germany.