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Germany sees more than 100,000 Covid-19 infections in 24 hours

Germany has registered more than 100,000 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours for the first time in the pandemic, according to data released by the country's public health agency on Wednesday.

People wait for a Covid test in Munich.
People wait for a Covid test in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

Europe’s biggest economy recorded 112,323 coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours and 239 fatalities, the Robert Koch Institute said.

The weekly incidence rate reached 584.4 new infections per 100,000 people over seven days, the agency added.

Germany has further tightened curbs to cut contamination, limiting access to bars and restaurants to people who have received their booster jabs or who are tested on top of being fully vaccinated or recovered.

Contact restrictions are also in place keeping private gatherings to 10 people, or two households if an unvaccinated person is present.

Germany’s record rise in coronavirus cases comes as Omicron has become the dominant variant, accounting for more than 70 percent of new infections.

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Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said the true number of infections could be up to two times higher than the official figures.

Numbers will likely continue to rise, peaking in around “mid-February”, he told the RTL broadcaster.

Other European countries are also battling soaring Omicron rates, with neighbouring France recently averaging around 300,000 cases daily.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is seeking to introduce compulsory vaccinations to ramp up the immunity of the 83-million-strong population, of which 60 million are fully vaccinated.

But resistance has been growing in the country where the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine was first developed, with the business-friendly FDP party – junior partners in his coalition — casting doubt on the project.

Hundreds, at times thousands, of protesters have also been taking to the streets to rail against the government’s Covid strategy and planned vaccine mandate.

Despite the dissent, Scholz insisted that vaccinations are necessary.

“I, for one, believe that it is necessary and will actively push for it,” Scholz told parliament last week at his first question time as chancellor.

READ ALSO: ‘Difficult weeks ahead,’ warns German Health Minister on Omicron fears

Member comments

  1. How many of the 112,323 are actually sick?

    The numbers of deaths are going down
    The number of intensive bed patients going down.

    Making this jab mandatory is not a good idea.

    1. Aren’t you tired of repeating the same (incorrect) shit in every The Local article on COVID?

      All of them are sick. Even if someone asymptomatic, they can become symptomatic at any time during the infection, and they can still infect and kill others.

      Number of deaths and ICU patients always trails the number of infections by 2-4 weeks – so it will go up again very soon.

      1. Its really easy i just copy and paste.

        Prove my assertion to be incorrect. With data.
        Or you can get all but hurt and report me.

      2. Since humans have the gift of hindsight, I will ask you: of the RECORD cases we had (again) 2 weeks ago how many ended up sick? ALL of them? Are you saying that 40-50-60 thousand of people EVERY day ended in the hospital? How paranoid and insane are you?

  2. This new Scholz guy is wrong on every issue he’s come across yet. Mandatory vaccines and now placating Putin. It didn’t work for Neville and it won’t work for Scholz.

    1. Sholz has to get into bed with Putin. This green drive is an utter disaster leaving Germany and most of Europe without enough energy should we upset Russia. Its like a car crash in slow motion. You can see it coming and know its going to hurt.

  3. Keep going Flynn. Refreshing to see a sane voice on these Forums. Too many people have gone down a dark dark road.

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Germany should prepare for Covid wave in autumn, ministers warn

German health ministers say that tougher Covid restrictions should come back into force if a serious wave emerges in autumn.

Germany should prepare for Covid wave in autumn, ministers warn

Following a video meeting on Monday, the health ministers of Germany’s 16 states said tougher restrictions should be imposed again if they are needed. 

“The corona pandemic is not over yet – we must not be deceived by the current declining incidences,” said Saxony-Anhalt’s health minister Petra Grimm-Benne, of the Social Democrats, who currently chairs the Conference of Health Ministers (GMK).

According to the GMK, new virus variants are expected to appear in autumn and winter. Over the weekend, federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) also warned that the more dangerous Delta variant could return to Germany. “That is why the federal Ministry of Health should draw up a master plan to combat the corona pandemic as soon as possible and coordinate it with the states,” Grimm-Benne said.

Preparations should also include an amendment of the Infection Protection Act, ministers urged. They want to see the states given powers to react to the infection situation in autumn and winter. They called on the government to initiate the legislative process in a timely manner, and get the states actively involved.

The current Infection Protection Act expires on September 23rd this year. Germany has loosened much of its Covid restrictions in the last months, however, face masks are still compulsory on public transport as well as on planes. 

READ ALSO: Do people in Germany still have to wear Covid masks on planes?

The health ministers said that from autumn onwards, it should be possible for states to make masks compulsory indoors if the regional infection situation calls for it. Previously, wearing a Covid mask was obligatory in Germany when shopping and in restaurants and bars when not sitting at a table. 

Furthermore, the so-called 3G rule for accessing some venues and facilities – where people have to present proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test – should be implemented again if needed, as well as other infection protection rules, the ministers said. 

Bavaria’s health minister Klaus Holetschek, of the CSU, welcomed the ministers’ unanimous call for a revision of the Infection Protection Act. “The states must be able to take all necessary infection protection measures quickly, effectively, and with legal certainty,” he said.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s health minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) warned that no one should “lull themselves into a false sense of security”.

“We must now prepare for the colder season and use the time to be able to answer important questions about the immunity of the population or the mechanisms of infection chains,” he said.

On Tuesday, Germany reported 86,253 Covid infections within the latest 24 hour period, as well as 215 Covid-related deaths. The 7-day incidence stood at 437.6 infections per 100,000 people. However, experts believe there could be twice as many infections because lots of cases go unreported. 

READ ALSO: Five things to know about the Covid pandemic in Germany right now

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