Germany’s daily coronavirus case count has nearly tripled as regions consider an ’emergency brake’ to reinstate harsher lockdowns

About a week after Chancellor Angela Merkel further relaxed Germany’s strict lockdown, the country on Tuesday reported nearly three times as many new COVID-19 cases as it did the day before.

The country’s agency for limiting the spread of disease, the Robert Koch Institute, reported 933 new cases — a huge leap compared with the 357 reported Monday.

The country’s “R” rate has also been above 1 for the past three days, according to the institute. An R rate of 1 means that, on average, an infected person infects one other. Anything above 1 means that the outbreak is worsening.

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