Germany extends lockdown for three more weeks
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, hreached an agreement yesterday (Wednesday) with the heads of the 16 state governments to extend the countries lockdown until March 7th, as they added more than 8,000 new cases yesterday.
The agreements reached confirmed the forecasts that had been considered the day before the meeting: autonomy for state governments in the reopening of educational centres, as well as the possibility that hairdressers can open from March 1st.
In the subsequent press conference, Merkel warned of the possibility of a third wave due to the different variants that the virus has presented in recent weeks, although she was happy that the measures imposed so far have been effective.
The German authorities confirmed that the country added more than 8,000 cases of coronavirus yesterday, taking them to 2.3 million infections, although it continues to reduce the accumulated incidence rates.
The Robert Koch Institute, the government entity in charge of controlling infectious diseases, released the latest figures on its website which showed that during that day 8,072 cases and 813 deaths had been detected, which places the totals at 2,299,996 and 62,969, respectively.
Likewise, it has stated that the accumulated incidence rate during the last seven days (IA7) is 68 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with 56,547 infections detected during the last week.
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The German Government has emphasized that its objective is to achieve that the IA7 falls below 50, a figure that it considers necessary to allow the health system to relax and resume the tasks of tracking and localized quarantines.
On the other hand, they stated that there are currently about 164,300 active cases in the country and has added that 2,073,100 people have recovered from Covid-19 so far, including some 15,800 during the last 24 hours.