COVID latest: Germany sees record number of coronavirus infections | DW News
Though still in the midst of complex coalition negotiations, the three parties that will probably make up Germanys next government have begun framing new rules to curb the coronavirus pandemic. They have been forced into action as Germany saw its highest 7-day incidence rate since the pandemic began. The chief German medical authority, the Robert Koch Institute, also recorded over 15,000 new cases on Sunday alone, a 60% rise on last Sunday.
More than 250 million worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. The milestone comes as countries in eastern Europe are seeing record outbreaks, while many countries ease trade and travel restrictions. So far, more than 5 million people have died due to COVID-19. Europe is the most affected region in the world, registering more than 76 million COVID-19 infections. This is followed by Asia, with over 56 million cases, followed by the US and Canada with more than 48 million cases, and lastly, Latin America and the Caribbean with more than 46 million cases. Over the past seven days, nearly 449,000 new daily infections have been registered on average.
Germany, for the second day in a row, reported record coronavirus incidence rates on Tuesday. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported the incidence rate — the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the previous seven days — at 213.7. This is higher than Mondays figure of 201.1, which was the first time the rate passed 200 since the pandemic began. Germany reported 21,832 new cases and 169 new deaths, according to data from RKI.
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