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Germany: Coronavirus kills 202 as country reports 1,304 new cases

At least 202 people infected with coronavirus in Germany died in the last 24 hours, a new report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin shows. Germany now has a total of 157,641 confirmed cases and 6,115 deaths.

The number of deaths recorded yesterday increased by 39 compared to the previous day. In the last two days the number of infections has been increasing.

The new RKI report shows that 87% of the people killed by coronavirus in Germany were aged at least 70 years.

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The report also shows that about 3,100 coronavirus patients were cured yesterday.

The virus reproduction rate has been stable at 0.9 for several days. This means that one infected person statistically infects almost one other person.

An increase has been noted in the rate at which the coronavirus is spreading in Germany following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

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According to the authorities, the “R” factor, which measures the average number of people that an infected person contaminates, is now close to the limit of target levels, Euronews reported.

On 20th April when the government eased lockdown measures, the “R” factor was around 0.7. Now it stands at 0.96, said Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute.