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Coronavirus: Germany’s COVID-19 infection rate rises after lockdown lifted

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Coronavirus: Germany's COVID-19 infection rate rises after lockdown lifted

The rate at which the coronavirus is spreading in Germany has increased after easing the blocking restrictions.

The authorities say that the “R” factor, which measures the average number of people that an infected person contaminates, is now close to the limit of the target levels.

It was around 0.7 on April 20, when Germany eased restrictions on movement and economic activity.

It is now 0.96, said Lothar Wieler, director of the Robert Koch Institute.

Officials said they want to keep the "R" factor below 1 to keep the pandemic on a manageable scale for the country's health care system.

Euronews correspondent Jona Kallgren says the government is likely to wait to see if the trend is confirmed before announcing any corrective measures.

Watch Jona's review in the video player above.

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