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Germany’s infection rate rapidly rises as world sees its largest daily increase in COVID-19 cases

Published on 22/06/20 at 10:23am
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Germany’s coronavirus R number has drastically increased while the world faced its largest increase in cases since the pandemic began.

The Robert Koch Institute for public health (RKI) has published Germany’s COVID-19 statistics showing that the R number, which shows the rate of infection, went from 1.79 to 2.88 over the weekend. That means every person who is infected is likely to infect 2.88 people.

This has been due to reported outbreaks in hospitals and nursing homes, while the virus was also found in centres for asylum seekers and refugees. One of the largest most recent outbreaks was in northern Germany, where 657 workers at a meat processing plant tested positive for the virus.

This increase in Germany comes after the world saw its biggest increase in COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with more than 183,000 cases, bringing the global total to 8,708,008. Brazil had the most cases with 54,771, while the US had 36,617 and another 15,400 came from India. Russia had another 7,600 cases, while South Africa also saw its highest daily amount of cases with almost 5,000 cases and 46 deaths.

Conor Kavanagh

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