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Germany recorded the highest level of COVID-19 infection since May

Germany recorded the highest level of infection with coronavirus since mid-May on Saturday, reaching a threshold of 100 cases per 100 thousand people in the last seven days, which previously served as a criterion for the introduction of strict isolation. This was reported by Reuters.

However, Health Minister Jens Spahn noted that Germany could do much better with vaccination, although he noted that restrictions such as wearing masks and limiting indoor activity for unvaccinated people will remain in place until next spring.

The seven-day incidence rate used until August to decide whether to impose stricter restrictions on COVID-19 rose to 100 cases per 100,000 population on Saturday from 95 on Friday, said the Robert Koch Institute, which is responsible for disease control.

Leaders of Germany's 16 states are discussing how to deal with the situation after the nationwide state of emergency ends Nov. 25, which means the restrictions will automatically end unless they are extended by a parliamentary vote.

Spahn said Saturday that it should be possible to lift the state of emergency, with rules requiring the wearing of a mask and proof of vaccination, convalescence, or a negative test to enter most closed public places.

"Obviously, we can handle higher incidence, more infections better, much better, without overburdening the health care system because many of them are already vaccinated," Spahn told Deutschlandfunk radio. — This journey from an emergency state to a state of extreme caution and normalcy will probably happen in the spring unless there is a new option..."

However, he noted that in some parts of Germany with lower vaccination rates, such as Saxony and Thuringia, there is already pressure on hospitals because of the increase in infections.

There were 15,145 new cases of infection in Germany on Saturday, 4,196 more than the previous Saturday, and 86 more people died, bringing the total to 95,077 cases.

About 66 percent of German residents are fully vaccinated, compared with 63.3 percent of European Union residents.

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