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Germany reports record new infections in a day

 International Desk

 Published: 11:24 AM, 22 October 2020  

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As many as 11,287 new Covid-19 infections have been recorded in Germany in 24 hours, a sharp jump from the previous day and a record for the country since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to official data on Thursday. 

The figure far exceeds the next highest total of 7,830 recorded last Friday and is a steep jump from the 7,595 cases reported on Wednesday by the Robert Koch Institute. 

A press conference was expected later Thursday morning, the institute announced. 

Like many European countries, Germany has been facing a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases for several weeks. 

Faced with the rebound, authorities have toughened anti-pandemic measures, such as banning large gatherings. Local restrictions have also been imposed - in Berlin, it is now compulsory to wear a mask on certain busy streets. 

On Saturday, Chancellor Angela Merkel asked citizens to cut down on socialising, encouraging them to stay at home instead. 

“What winter will be, what our Christmas will be, will be decided in the days and weeks to come,” she warned. 

The country, hailed for its management of the first wave of the virus earlier this year, has in recent days broken several records for new infections in 24 hours. At least 380,762 people have been infected in Germany so far, with 9,875 deaths reported. - AFP