The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic appears to be broken, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Friday, as social distancing measures and an accelerating vaccination campaign help lower the infection rate, reports Reuters.
"The third wave appears to be broken," Spahn told a regular weekly news briefing on Germany's pandemic management.
The head of the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases, Lothar Wieler, said the incidence of Covid-19 infections was falling across all age groups, and he was hopeful of soon controlling the pandemic in Germany.
The share of the population that has received a first vaccine shot has reached 31.5%, with 900,000 getting a dose on Thursday, putting Germany "in the fast lane" by international comparison, said Spahn.
In a push to accelerate Germany's vaccination drive, Spahn on Thursday allowed the shot from AstraZeneca to be given to all adults - reversing earlier curbs imposed after earlier reports of rare cases of blood clotting.