June 23, 2020 / 8:31 AM / 12 days ago

German coronavirus reproduction rate 'R' at 2.76 - RKI

The head of Germany's Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, addresses a news conference on the country's situation amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany June 23, 2020. John Macdougall/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - The coronavirus reproduction rate in Germany is currently estimated at 2.76, probably mainly due to local outbreaks, the head of the Robert Koch Institute for public health, Lothar Wieler, said on Tuesday.

A reproduction rate, or ‘R’, of 2.76 means that 100 people who contracted the virus infect, on average, 276 others.

Reporting by Thomas Seythal; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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