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Germany Registers 7,000 New Virus Cases for First Time

Germany Registers 7,000 New Virus Cases for First Time

Friday, 16 October, 2020 - 09:00
A board with corona informations is seen at the Neumarkt subway station, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Cologne, Germany, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Germany has said it registered more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time, its second consecutive daily record.

The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s national disease control center, said early Friday that 7,334 new cases were confirmed in the previous 24 hours.

Until this week, Germany’s highest recorded figure was nearly 6,300 in late March, though testing has expanded vastly since then.

Figures tend to peak around the end of the week, but the latest reading underlines a sharp upward trend in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, the federal and state governments agreed to toughen mask-wearing rules and make bars close early in areas where infections are high, The Associated Press.

Germany has confirmed more than 348,000 cases in total since the pandemic began, including 9,734 deaths — an increase of 24 compared with Thursday.

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