The number of new corona infections detected in Germany was higher on Wednesday than the day before. Germany’s Robert Koch Institute reported a further 7,556 corona cases, up from 3,856 on Tuesday.
Also, 560 corona patients died, according to official figures.
The number of diagnosed corona cases in Germany is rising much less quickly than at the end of last year. Then the institute, the German RIVM, sometimes reported tens of thousands of new infections per day.
Although some corona measures are now being relaxed again, there is also great concern about new virus variants. They are seen as more contagious.
The German authorities decided on Tuesday to extend the entry ban from countries with many infections with corona variants. The measure, which was due to expire this week, now applies until March 3. In principle, only persons living in Germany are allowed to enter the country and truck drivers, for example.
Minister of Health Jens Spahn also announced that his fellow countrymen could undergo free rapid tests from next month on Tuesday.
These can be purchased from pharmacies, doctors’ surgeries and test locations, for example. The results of such an antigen test can be known within half an hour. These tests are seen as less accurate than PCR tests, which are analyzed in laboratories.