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.
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.