Germany marks the lowest infection rate since October

Germany marked a new milestone in its battle to reduce coronavirus cases on Thursday as the seven-day incidence - a key metric in tracking the virus' spread - fell to below 100 for the first time since late October, dpa reported.

The number of infections confirmed per 100,000 residents during a one-week period stood at 98, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control reported. This was roughly half the level it reached on December 22, at 197.6, which was a high point for the country in the pandemic. The German government's aim is to bring the seven-day incidence down to below 50.

Germany has closed schools, non-essential shops, bars, restaurants, and leisure and cultural facilities under a lockdown that has been incrementally tightened since early November. The measures also ban people from meeting with more than one other person from another household.

The restrictions are currently to remain in place until at least 14 February.

More than 2.1 million people have caught the novel coronavirus so far in Germany, of whom 54,913 have died.

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