The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 2713 new infections within 24 hours.

That is 1110 fewer cases than on Sunday a week ago, when 3823 corona infections were reported.

The nationwide seven-day incidence falls further to 196.2 from 209.4 the previous day.

Eight other people died in connection with the virus.

This increases the number of reported deaths to 138,862.

In view of a possible new corona wave in autumn, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, spoke out in favor of precautions.

On Saturday he called for an effective legal framework to combat the virus.

"The legal framework must of course be right," he said on Bavarian radio with a view to the Infection Protection Act.

The current version of the law runs until 23 September.

The red-green-yellow federal government is currently struggling to find out what the corona protection requirements for the fall should look like.

RKI expects increasing numbers in autumn

Wieler said that probably all scientists “who deal with this pandemic really seriously and well-founded, i.e. with specialist knowledge, assume that the numbers will rise again in autumn.” Incidences will rise again.

"But what we don't know - and that's the great unknown - is what disease the virus will make."

The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” on Saturday that the Infection Protection Act needed to be amended “so that containment measures can be introduced when the situation becomes serious, and uniformly across the country”.

As an ultima ratio, i.e. the last resort, “the possibility of a lockdown must also be anchored in it”.

The Green health politician Janosch Dahmen spoke out in favor of a mask requirement as an option with a view to autumn.

“The effectiveness of medical masks in protecting against infection has already been sufficiently scientifically proven.

We should not give up this instrument for the current and future pandemics and should therefore continue to make it possible for masks to be compulsory in the Infection Protection Act if necessary," he told the "Rheinische Post".

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