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Merkel to visit German disease control agency amid Covid rise

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spahn are to visit on Tuesday the government’s agency for disease control and prevention, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), as rising Covid-19 cases threaten to overshadow the September election campaign. The Berlin-based RKI said on Tuesday the index measuring the number of Covid-19 cases edged up to 6.5 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days after increasing each day for the last week. A week earlier the index stood at 4.9 as the roll-out of vaccinations picked up, prompting moves to ease restrictions across the…

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