Case numbers in Germany rise ahead of planned easing

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Fears are growing in Germany of a third wave of infections as case numbers rise ahead of a planned easing of some measures to prevent the virus from spreading.

The seven-day incidence rate, measuring the number of cases per 100,000 people over that period, has increased to 60.2 countrywide, up from 57.7 a day earlier.

The data is particularly concerning as 10 of Germany's 16 states are planning to reopen schools on Monday.

Politicians are increasingly considering making teachers a higher priority for vaccines against Covid-19 given the rising case numbers, and a decision may be made early this week.

Experts attribute the increase to new and more transmissible forms of the coronavirus.

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