Coronavirus cases in Germany exceed 125,000, death toll nears 3,000

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A poster calling on more hand washing instead of purchasing masks is seen at a pharmacy in Berlin, capital of Germany, March 3, 2020. Germany's confirmed cases of COVID-19 have increased to 188 on Tuesday from 150 a day earlier, according to Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention. (Xinhua/Shan Yuqi)
A poster calling on more hand washing instead of purchasing masks is seen at a pharmacy in Berlin, capital of Germany, March 3, 2020. Germany's confirmed cases of COVID-19 have increased to 188 on Tuesday from 150 a day earlier, according to Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention. (Xinhua/Shan Yuqi)

The daily number of new coronavirus infections continued its downward trend in Germany on Tuesday. During the past 24 hours, the registered increase was 2,082 to a total of 125,098, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced.

More than half of infected people in Germany (68,200) have already recovered from COVID-19, according to the RKI. The number of deaths from the new coronavirus in Germany increased by 170 to 2,969 on Tuesday.

The numbers in Germany “show some positive trends,” said RKI President Lothar Wieler. “It is nice to see that our efforts are paying off.”

At the height of the pandemic in Germany, more than 6,000 new coronavirus infections were recorded on a single day by the federal government agency and the research institute responsible for disease control and prevention.

Germany’s case fatality rate has “continuously” increased to 2.4 percent in recent days due to the increasing number of positive cases in old people’s and nursing homes as well as among the elderly in general.

Wieler stressed that the outbreak in Germany had not been contained yet. “In fact, we must continue to wait and see how things develop.” Compared to other countries, Germany was in a “very good” position, he said.

Hospitals in Germany currently have enough intensive care beds with breathing support to cope with the coronavirus crisis. “With the current dynamics, no bottlenecks are predicted,” said Wieler.

An application (app) for digital fitness wristbands and smartwatches, which was launched by the RKI last week to monitor the spread of the virus in Germany, has already been downloaded 300,000 times, said Wieler, adding that the information collected would be “very, very useful” in the evaluation.

On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the minister presidents of Germany’s federal states will hold a telephone conference to discuss a possible relaxation or extension of the containment measures in Germany after April 19. Enditem

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