Germany sees signs of coronavirus curve 'flattening'
November 12, 2020
The country's disease control center says there are signs that the spread of COVID-19 is slowing. But the head of the Robert Koch Institute has urged Germans to stick to social distancing and mask-wearing rules.
The surge in coronavirus infections in Germany appears to be slowing, the country's disease control center said Thursday.
The key reproduction figure has fallen below 1 to 0.89, according to the Berlin-based Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
It means that 100 people are infecting 89 others: a sign that the new infections are falling.
"The curve is flattening," said RKI head Lothar Wieler, showing "we are not helpless against this virus."
He added that restrictions such as social distancing and mask wearing can help halt the march of COVID-19.
Ministers ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, leisure, and cultural centers. Schools and daycare centers remain open.
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