Germany's number of coronavirus infections have risen for the fifth day in a row and the government are now nervously observing the effects of easing the nationwide lockdown.
The German government's approach to the outbreak, rolling out mass testing across the country, was widely praised by health organisations and gave it the appearance of succeeding where other states, like Spain and Italy, had failed.
On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country would be reopening social spaces, such as museums and zoos, and that religious communities could be able to hold services again.
Religious services, like the one at this church in Kevelaer, Germany today, have been allowed to resume
Since 26 April, Germany's rate of infection has seen a steady incline, increasing by 1,639 today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 160,758, according to the Robert Koch Institut, who have been monitoring the number of coronavirus infections and deaths in Germany.
Deaths recorded in the European country yesterday reached 6,288, increasing by a further 200 today, reaching 6,481.
The rise in numbers has forced Merkel to announce there may need to be a reinforcement of lockdown measures.
After declaring the loosening of lockdown measures yesterday she said: 'We must work to make sure we bring the number of new infections down further.
'If the infection curve becomes steep again, we need to have a warning system to notice it early and be able to act.'
The Chancellor added that measures would be reviewed next week.
After a meeting with state premiers on Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the relaxing of measures was just a 'step', with a more far-reaching plan to be agreed next week.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference after the video conference with the prime ministers of the German states, in Berlin yesterday. Merkel warned that the lockdown measures may need to be reinstated if cases continue to rise
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