German lockdowns had ‘no direct connection’ to falling COVID rates

Coronavirus lockdowns had “no direct connection” to falling infection rates in Germany — as transmission was already declining before the restrictions were imposed, new research found.

The research, conducted by statisticians at Ludwig Maximilians Munich University, found that the country’s R rate — or the number of people an infected person passes the virus onto — had already dipped below 1 prior to the national lockdown being imposed last November, according…

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