In Germany, each Covid-19 patient is now infecting fewer than one other person on average

The reproduction factor for coronavirus has dropped below R01 in Germany, the country‘s center for disease control, the Robert Koch Institute, announced in a new data set published on Friday.

That means that a person who has Covid-19 is now infecting fewer than one other person on average.

The important R-number, which indicates the average number of people who will catch the disease from a single infected person, is currently at 0.7, the institute said.

At a news conference on Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said pushing the reproduction number below 1 and keeping it there was key to containing the coronavirus and being able to scale back some of the restrictions on public life.

A medical staff wearing protective clothing takes test samples for the COVID-19 coronavirus from a foreign passenger at a virus testing booth outside Incheon international airport, west of Seoul, on April 1, 2020. – The first charter flight arranged by South Korean government to evacuate its citizens from coronavirus-hit Italy returned home with 309 citizens on April 1, amid the worsening virus outbreak in the European country. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

Merkel warned that if the factor rose back to even 1.1, Germany’s health care system could be overwhelmed in a matter of months.


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