Germany reported on Tuesday 1,144 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing its total tally to 156,337, according to the federal disease control agency Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
“It is a success that we have all achieved here,” said RKI President Lothar Wieler. “We have succeeded comparatively in getting through this epidemic in Germany.”
At the height of pandemic in Germany, more than 6,000 new infections had been recorded by the RKI on a single day.
“We want to defend this success,” stressed Wieler and appealed to German citizens to observe the rules, such as contact restrictions, the minimum distance of 1.5 meters as well as face masks on public transport and when shopping.
RKI added that the death toll from the novel coronavirus in Germany rose by 163 to 5,913, resulting in a case fatality rate of 3.8 percent. The estimated number of recoveries increased by around 2,900 within one day to 117,400 on Tuesday.
German hospitals continued to have sufficient capacity so that “no bottlenecks” were expected at current rates, according to Wieler.
The reproduction rate of COVID-19 in Germany, however, had risen slightly and was currently at 0.96, meaning that around one infected person infects another person on average, according to RKI.
Last week, the reproduction rate in Germany had been at 0.9.
RKI and Chancellor Angela Merkel have repeatedly warned that the reproduction rate of the coronavirus in Germany had to be permanently below one in order to contain the epidemic.