Share article:
Share article:

Germany faces another rise in coronavirus infections

Frustrated residents of a quarantined high-rise building clashed with German police on Saturday as they attempted to force a barrier placed around the building.

Germany is facing an increase in reproduction value (R-Number) of the coronavirus within the country, as local outbreaks push the country well above the 190,000 infections mark.

This new spread of the virus – linked to a sudden jump of the R-Number of the virus to 2.88 – has been localised to small groups, according to the German Government, who said it has the situation under control.

According to reports, Germany’s R-Number has seen a drastic increase from 1.79 to 2.88 – which effectively means that for every 100 people infected, it is likely that another 288 become infected. In order for the infection to disappear, however, this number has to be below 1. 

Clashes With Police

While there have been several instances of local outbreaks, one in particular made headlines on Saturday after clashes broke out between police and residents in a housing block in the small German city of Göttingen. 

The 700 residents within the block of flats had been ordered last week to stay inside until at least the end of the month, after around 120 people had tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to local authorities, the spread of the virus had been aggravated due to lack of hygiene in the apartment buildings, and violations of social distancing rules with regular parties organised in the apartments. 

Similar local outbreaks have also been identified in slaughterhouses and some other large factories in the country.

Reacting to the news, Belgian virologist Erika Vlieghe had a warning for the country to pay attention to the news. “Everything has to be followed very closely. Because what happens in Germany can also happen to us. Everyone must be permeated with the new normal, because the virus is not gone,” she said. 

The Brussels Times

Latest news

Flanders introduces ‘invisible’ speed cameras
New digital speed cameras that are essentially invisible to the road user are being introduced on various roads and motorways in Flanders, Flemish ...
Warnings issued for slippery roads across Belgium
Drivers have been asked to watch out for slippery roads from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening, as snow and cold temperatures are expected ...
Testing rules following high-risk contact eased for vaccinated people
The coronavirus testing policy following a high-risk contact has been eased, meaning a vaccinated person who was in contact with an infected person ...
New measures announced for Belgian schools
Stricter rules are being implemented across a variety of sectors in Belgium to curb the rising number of infections and limit the damage as a result ...
Majority of booster doses should be administered by March 2022
Invitations will be sent out in the following days for the general population in Belgium to receive a coronavirus booster vaccine, and most adults ...
Belgium adopts national plan to combat gender-based violence
Belgium has adopted a National Action plan for the Fight against Gender-Based Violence, which includes more than 200 measures and unites all levels ...
Antwerp cancels Christmas market and New Year’s Eve fireworks
The city of Antwerp has joined other cities including Leuven and Ghent by announcing it is cancelling this year's Christmas market, the end-of-year ...
Pharmaceutical companies looking into vaccines against new variant
Pharmaceutical companies have sprung into action to look into vaccine protection against the new coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa, ...
Belgium imposes entry ban on travellers from southern Africa
Belgium is introducing an entry ban for travellers from several countries in the south of Africa following concerns about a new variant (B.1.1.529) ...
What Ursula did next
BRUSSELS BEHIND THE SCENES • Weekly analysis and untold stories
Nightclub closures, limiting contacts: These rules come into force today
Just over one week after its last meeting, Belgium's Consultative Committee on Friday once again announced a set of new measures to curb the rising ...
Almost 3,500 Covid-19 patients in hospitals as new cases continue to skyrocket
The number of new coronavirus cases in Belgium is continuing to rise, and with it the number of Covid-19 patients who are hospitalised as a result of ...