İrem UZUN -TDO- The official data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday that coronavirus infections are rising in Germany after the country eased its lockdown restrictions. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 667 to 169,218, while the reported death toll also rose by 13 to 7,395.
Germany's reproduction rate - the number of people each confirmed patient infects - is now above 1. The rate was 0.65 on Wednesday, when Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers announced the easing of social distancing coupled with wearing masks. RKI warned that the rise made it necessary to watch the development very carefully in the next days.
On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a broad easing of national restrictions after talks with the leaders of Germany's 16 states. All shops are allowed to reopen, pupils will gradually return to class and Germany's top football league called “Bundesliga” will restart as soon as next weekend. Thousands of Germans gathered on Saturday, calling for a total end to the lockdown. According to BBC, Merkel imposed an "emergency brake", and urged local authorities to reimpose restrictions if cases rise above a threshold of 50 per 100,000 people.