Coronavirus: Infection rate reaches new high in Germany – Stricter measures planned

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The rate of infections in Germany has risen to its highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to figures released today, as the three parties in talks to form a new government plan to extend measures to tackle the pandemic.

The seven-day incidence rate – the number of people per 100,000 infected in the last week – rose to 303 from 289 the previous day, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed today.

The death toll rose by 43 to a total of 97,715.

The three parties, which are in talks to form a governing coalition, plan to tighten proposed measures to tackle the new wave of infections, Greens leader Robert Habek said before their plans were tabled in parliament on Thursday.

“We are expanding the toolbox, compared to the proposals submitted in the first reading,” Habeck told the ARD network.

The measures will include restrictions on contacts, according to an amendment seen by Reuters.

On Saturday, three German state health ministers called on parties negotiating to form a new government to extend the powers of the states to implement tougher measures against the pandemic, such as lockdowns or school closures.

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