Germany sees signs of virus curve flattening

BERLIN (AFP) – Germany is seeing tentative signs that a surge in coronavirus infections may be easing, the head of the country’s disease control agency Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said yesterday.

“The curve is flattening,” said Lothar Wieler, showing “we are not helpless against this virus” and that restrictions such as social distancing and mask wearing can help halt the march of COVID-19.

Germany reported 21,866 new infections over the last 24 hours, according to RKI data.

The key reproduction figure has fallen below one to 0.89, meaning that 100 people are infecting 89 others – a sign that the new infections are falling.

While new infections might be starting to slow, the RKI chief said the situation could worsen in the coming weeks in hospitals, which may “reach their limits”.

“We must prevent the situation from deteriorating,” he said.