Germany needs to further reduce the number of contaminations if it wants to have “a carefree summer,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday.
“The weather is improving, the number of people vaccinated is increasing, the infection rates are falling, the restrictions will fall one after the other,” Jens Spahn told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
“And that’s extremely important after the dark and long winter months,” he added. But if we are to have a carefree summer, we need to lower the incidence rate even further ”.
Aim for an incidence rate below 20, like last summer
“Last summer our incidence rate was below 20: that should again be our target,” he argued. The incidence rate corresponds to the number of people tested positive for Covid-19 over a week, reduced to 100,000 inhabitants. In Germany it was 169 at the end of April. It is now 64.5.
Restrictions have started to be lifted in all 16 German regions. Some are reopening their outdoor cafes, hotels and swimming pools, in others schools are welcoming their students again. But the minister warned against lifting restrictions too early. “Caution and vigilance remain our watchwords,” he said.
A quarantine for travelers from the UK
Germany is imposing a two-week quarantine period starting this Sunday for all travelers from the United Kingdom due to the The most populous country in the European Union has recorded 87,000 deaths from Covid-19 and 3 , 6 million infections since the start of the epidemic, including 6,714 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute.