Germany’s New Coronavirus Cases Fall for First Time in Four Days
Pedestrians wearing protective face masks pass the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Germany’s New Coronavirus Cases Fall for First Time in Four Days

(Bloomberg) --

The number of new coronavirus cases in Germany fell for the first time in four days as the country prepares to ease its containment measures.

There were 1,158 infections in the 24 hours through Saturday morning, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That was the first day of declining cases in four days and brings the total to 170,588.

Germany is preparing to open restaurants, hotels and all shops as well as restarting professional soccer games after Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday declared some progress in fighting the virus. Covid-19 has caused 7,510 deaths in the country after 118 new fatalities were reported on Friday.

Although many lockdown measures are being gradually phased out, social-distancing rules were this week extended until at least June 5. To contain hot spots, Merkel also insisted on a threshold on local infection rates. Restrictions will be reinstated if an area records more than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in a week.

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