Additional measures are also being taken in Germany to combat the corona virus. The country is still in better shape than many other European countries, but the number of new infections reported daily continues to rise.
The Robert Koch Institute, the German RIVM, reported 6,638 new infections today. That is the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic.
Yesterday, the health institute reported 4,059 infections, the first time since April that the 4,000 mark has been exceeded. The contamination numbers from the spring and autumn are not completely comparable, because there is now considerably more testing.
However, the percentage of positive tests has increased significantly. At the end of August, 0.74 percent of the people tested received a positive result, last week it was 2.48 percent.
Chancellor Merkel and the prime ministers of the federal states agreed on new measures yesterday after hours of consultation. In corona fires, the rules for mouth masks are being tightened and the catering industry must also close at 11 p.m. Furthermore, events there are limited to a hundred people and private parties cannot exceed ten people.
According to German Health Minister Spahn, there are too many people who do not follow the rules. “The coming days will show whether the new measures work,” he said. “We can do something and all make a difference every day.” He said keeping schools, daycare centers and the economy open the most important.
Merkel is reportedly not satisfied with the package. “The measures do not go far enough to avert a disaster,” she said during the consultation, according to news agency DPA. “It’s just not enough what we’re doing here.”
The Chancellor also wanted a more central approach on certain points, but a discussion about this has been postponed until next month. Merkel criticizes the differences in measures between the federal states.