BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s coronavirus infection rate has risen to its highest level since the start of the pandemic, public health figures showed on Monday, as the three parties in talks to form a new government plan an expansion of measures to tackle the pandemic.
The seven-day incidence rate – the number of people per 100,000 to be infected over the last week – rose to 303 from 289 the previous day, figures from the Robert Koch Institute showed on Monday.
The number of deaths increased by 43 to a total of 97,715.
The three parties in talks to form a coalition plan to tighten proposed measures to tackle the spread of the new wave of infections, Greens co-leader Robert Habeck said before their plans go to parliament on Thursday.
“We are expanding the toolbox compared to the proposals introduced in the first reading,” Habeck told broadcaster ARD.
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The measures will include contact restrictions, an amendment seen by Reuters showed.
On Saturday, three German state health ministers urged the parties negotiating to form a new government to prolong states’ power to implement stricter pandemic measures such as lockdowns or school closures.
(Writing by Paul Carrel, editing by Ed Osmond)
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