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Roundup: Germany debates de-escalation, new infections drop in Russia

Madrid Desk, May 24 (efe-epa).- Germany was debating its de-escalation plans as coronavirus infections continued to fall but fears of a second wave continued.

Elsewhere in Europe, Russia reported its lowest daily number of fresh cases since 1 May and festivities in Italy have concerned the country’s authorities.

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Authorities were debating continuing to lift restrictions in the country, where the infection rate is falling, amid fears of another flare-up after shops and restaurants recently reopened.

Bodo Ramelow, minister president of Thuringia state, was the first to propose totally lifting measures imposed to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and trust citizens to act responsibly.

He said there were 60,000 infections in March when lockdown was imposed and that number has since fallen to 245.

Other states, especially Bavaria, Baden-Württeberg and North Rhine-Westphalia, do not have figures as low as Thuringia but the contagion has been largely brought under control throughout Germany.

Since the start of the pandemic there have been more than 180,600 confirmed infections, of which 161,800 people have survived, and 8,400 deaths out of a population of 83 million.

The rate of fresh infections has been falling for two weeks with less than 1,000 daily cases.

There have also been a number of small outbreaks in the past week, including at a religious service in Frankfurt and a restaurant in Leer, Lower Saxony, which have sparked fears of further infection hotspots emerging.

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