Covid case numbers in Germany continue to fall thanks to restrictions

Berlin, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- Germany registered 5,608 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours on Monday, as severe restrictions on public life that have seen all non-essential businesses closed since December bear fruit.

Monday’s caseload represents a drop of more than 1,000 cases since the same time last week, when 6,729 infections were reported.

Germany has reacted to the second wave of the pandemic with a range of restrictions, primarily affecting commerce, travel and culture, that are aimed at reducing the coronavirus weekly incidence to less than 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

The country has also tightened border controls with travelers from countries that have a cumulative incidence of more than 200 new infections per 100,000 people, or from countries where new, more contagious variants of the virus have been detected, such as the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa and Portugal.

At air- and seaports, police are systematically checking travelers for negative tests, while at land borders to other members of the European Union where there are no border controls, random inspections are being carried out. EFE-EPA


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