According to figures from the Robert Koch Institute, the number of confirmed cases jumped by 17,504 to 2,612,268, the biggest daily rise since January 22. The death toll also rose by 227, bringing the total to 74,132.
The number of new cases per 100,000 people over seven days rose to 90, compared to 86 a day earlier.
Juergen Windeler, the head of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG), said the figure is “highly problematic”.
This comes after Angela Merkel and government officials agreed to a phased easing of restrictions earlier this month.
They are set to meet again on March 22.
Christian Drosten, a leading virologist at Berlin’s Charité hospital, warned Germany’s situation was “not good right now”.
He warned the “situation could get drastically worse” as cases could be as high as they were at Christmas.
Experts have warned several EU Member States are at the start of a third wave of the pandemic.
On Firday, Italy recorded more than 27,000 new cases and 380 deaths.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said: “More than a year after the start of the health emergency, we are unfortunately facing a new wave of infections.
“The memory of what happened last spring is vivid, and we will do everything to prevent it from happening again.”
Health minister Roberto Speranza claimed more than half of new infections were being driven by the UK variant.
He said: “The situation is not simple.
“The UK variant spreads 35 to 40 percent faster and represents 54 percent of total cases.
“The South African variant is also present, especially in the Bolzano area, and the Brazilian one is mostly in central Italy.”
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