Germany records rise in 7-day Covid incidence, even as curbs are easedtext_fields
Berlin: Even as most of the Covid curbs have been eased, Germany has witnessed a rise of seven-day Covid-19 incidence rate to 1,714 cases per 100,000 people, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said.
However, the number of daily infections decreased slightly to 92,314 compared to a week ago, Xinhua news agency quoted the RKI as saying on Monday.
Except for the mandatory wearing of masks on public transport, and in care and nursing facilities, Germany has lifted all Covid-19 restrictions.
Under the recently amended Infection Protection Act, Germany's federal states can introduce tighter restrictions for infection hotspots by which they are authorised to reintroduce rules on social distancing or insist on proof of vaccination or recovery requirements.
According to the German Intensive Care Availability Register (DIVI), the number of Covid-19 patients requiring treatment in intensive care units increased by 75 to 2,347 on Monday.
The figure is still well below the record figures logged during the Delta variant wave.
The new Omicron subtype BA.2, which is even more contagious, already became predominant in Germany last week, accounting for nearly two in three infections, the RKI said.
As of Tuesday morning, Germany's overall Covid caseload and death toll stood at 18,810,035 and 126,933, respectively.