The number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in Germany, albeit with signs of sustained slowdown, while the number of recovered patients exceeds that of active infections.
The computation of infections verified by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), competent in the matter in Germany, stands at 123,016 this Monday, an increase of 2,537 cases in one day. The death toll rises to 2,799, or 126 fatalities in the past 24 hours.
According to these figures, 64,300 patients have overcome the disease. Regarding new infections, there was a decrease for the third consecutive day.
This statistic is provisional, since during the holidays the data for the entire country may not have been fully computed and verified. This Monday is still a holiday in Germany and until tomorrow there will be a more complete update by the RKI.
The American Johns Hopkins University, with a more dynamic system of data collection, this Monday puts the number of infections at 127,854, that of fatalities at 3,022 and that of recovered patients at 64,793.
WAITING FOR POLITICAL DECISIONS
The relatively positive evolution has triggered expectations of a relaxation of the restrictions agreed between the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the regional powers.
Since March 22, the prohibition of meetings or outings of more than two people has been in force throughout the country -expandable to larger groups, in the case of family nuclei or other forms of coexistence-. It is up to each “Land” to implement those measures.
Bavaria, the most affected federal state, has also been the most restrictive, with an almost complete closure of public life. Others, such as North Rhine-Westphalia, the country’s most populous and second in number of infections, have applied more flexible formulas.
The current restrictions will be in effect until April 19, the end of the school holidays. Next Wednesday there will be another meeting between Merkel and the leaders of the “Länder” to study the situation and, where appropriate, agree on new measures.
The group of scientific researchers at the Academia Superior Leopoldina, whose opinion is considered key for decisions in the political sphere, has pointed out the possibility of a partial reopening of schools, according to the weekly “Der Spiegel”. This would affect only older students, in whom rules of distance and use of masks can be imposed.
SUPPORT FOR MERKEL’S CAUTION
Merkel herself has repeatedly called on her compatriots to be patient and observe discipline. The German leader has insisted that the restrictions are temporary, although without defining a time frame.
A clear majority of citizens – 64%, according to a recent poll by public television ARD – approve of the crisis management of the Merkel grand coalition. The chancellor’s conservative bloc now has a vote estimate of 37%, its best percentage so far in the legislature.