Covid-19: 7-day incidence rate at record level in Germany

the essential The incidence rate in Germany has reached a record level since the start of the pandemic a year and a half ago.

The incidence rate measuring the number of new cases of coronavirus by 100 000 inhabitants in Germany reached on Monday 201, 1 of the last seven days, a record high since the start of the pandemic a year and a half ago. The figure was published by the Robert Koch Institute for Public Health Surveillance (RKI). The last record stood at 197, 6, beaten on 22 December 2020.

While many more people are now vaccinated, the vaccination rate nevertheless stagnates below 70%. The authorities have called on the population to mobilize in recent days. “For the unvaccinated, the risk is high that they will be infected in the coming months,” RKI chief Lothar Wieler warned on Wednesday.

In the state of Saxony (East), where the incidence rate is more than double the national average at 491, 3, unvaccinated people are subject to new restrictions Monday. Access to indoor restaurants and indoor events will be limited to people who are fully vaccinated or who can show proof of recovery from Covid – 19. These new rules are the most restrictive taken at the national level against unvaccinated people. Only children and people who cannot receive vaccines for medical reasons will be exempt.

This outbreak comes as Germany has been in political limbo since the parliamentary elections in September.

Parties currently negotiating a new coalition for form a government by early December have so far ruled out compulsory vaccination and the introduction of new confinements, at least for those vaccinated.

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