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

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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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