Germany has registered a new record of vaccinations, with 1.35 million doses in one day, health authorities reported, and the weekly incidence fell below 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the first time in two months.
The daily injection record corresponds to last Wednesday, while yesterday, a holiday in Germany, 408,000 doses were administered, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology.
With this, there are already 29.8 million citizens who have received at least the first dose, 35.9% of the total population, while 8.8 million -or 10.6% – have the complete guideline.
Jens Spahn, Minister of Health, mentioned the record and said during a visit to the supply and storage center for army medical supplies in Quakenbrück, in the west of the country, that in the next two to three weeks there will be mainly second vaccinations and that only in June it will be possible to advance much more in regard to first doses.
He added that it will take several weeks, until well into the summer, for all citizens to actually receive the offer to get vaccinated, but that already in May and June the campaign will gain momentum, as planned, he said.
The acceleration of the vaccination campaign coincides with the positive evolution in terms of the accumulated incidence per 100,000 inhabitants. For the first time since March, it fell below 100 cases to 96.5 from 103.6 on Thursday and 127.7 a week ago.
This indicator is decisive in defining the level of restrictions. The government of Chancellor Angela Merkel approved at the beginning of the month the so-called emergency brake, according to which, from the 100 cases in seven days, special measures are automatically activated, such as the night curfew or the strict limitation of personal contacts.
The last time it had been below 100 was on March 20. The peak in the entire pandemic was recorded on December 22, with 197.6.
In the “Länder” or areas where the 100 weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants had already dropped, the progressive de-escalation of restrictions began, with measures such as the reopening of terraces or non-essential shops, which had been closed since November.
In Berlin, where the incidence this Friday stood at 70 cases, it is expected that the restoration, outdoor sports facilities, as well as part of the culture will be reopened in the middle of next week. To de-escalate, the level must be below 100 cases in a consolidated manner for at least five days.
These measures have coincided with the easing of restrictions on travelers. Since yesterday, those who have the maximum immunization or are recovered patients, in addition to the minor children who accompany them, are exempt from presenting a pcr or antigen test when entering the country.
The rest must present a pcr no earlier than 72 hours after entering the country or an antigen test carried out in the last 24 hours.