The proportion of coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants has reached a record high in Germany, according to official data from the country's center for disease control, the Robert Koch Institute.
Data released Tuesday shows Germany has been averaging 147.2 infections per 100,000 people in the past seven days -- far above the German government‘s stated goal of bringing new infections below 50 per 100,000.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the country could only consider easing its anti-pandemic measures if that target is met. Germany's Health Minister, Jens Spahn, said Monday night on public television that a stricter lockdown may loom if the current trajectory is not broken.
"Therefore, that method of short but wide-ranging measures to really make a difference is probably the more successful one. And if we don't make progress in the next one-to-two weeks then we at least have to debate that," he said.