China News Service, Berlin, March 18 (Reporter Ma Xiuxiu) The epidemic data released by the German CDC on the 18th showed that the number of newly confirmed cases on that day was 297,845, which was the second consecutive day in Germany that more than 290,000 new confirmed cases were confirmed.

As of that day, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in the country has exceeded 18 million.

Despite the high number of infections, the German Bundestag passed revised epidemic prevention regulations on the same day, and most of the new crown restrictions nationwide will be lifted.

  The German disease control agency Robert Koch Institute announced on the 18th that the number of new diagnoses and the number of new deaths were 297,845 and 226, respectively.

As of that day, Germany had a total of 18,287,986 confirmed cases and 126,646 deaths.

Germany's new crown incidence index (an average of seven-day cumulative new diagnoses per 100,000 people) used to monitor the severity of the epidemic continued to rise to 1706.3.

  Although the incidence rate is rising, the Bundestag passed the revised epidemic prevention regulations on the same day.

In the future, basic epidemic prevention measures such as wearing masks and testing will only be applied to high-risk groups and facilities, such as nursing homes and clinics.

Masks are no longer required in schools, retail stores and public indoor spaces.

Masks continue to be mandatory on buses and trains.

  For the so-called "hot spots" of the new crown, the federal state parliament can decide to implement mandatory wearing of masks, distance and hygiene rules, requiring 2G (fully vaccinated, recovered from the new crown virus) or 3G (fully vaccinated, infected with the new crown virus) Stricter regulations such as recovery, negative COVID-19 test) certificates.

  The amendments to the above-mentioned regulations have drawn criticism from various federal states.

Many states still want to extend the transition period up to April 2.

  During the final consultations on the revision of the epidemic prevention regulations, German Federal Health Minister Lauterbach said that the planned new regulations were "the right compromise".

The new rules better ensure that "we still respond in a targeted manner".

  He noted that there is no longer any concern about overrunning clinics across the country.

Even if there are signs of overloading, so-called "hot spots" can implement stricter epidemic prevention measures.

At the same time, he opposed the full lifting of the epidemic restrictions because "the pandemic is not over".