Germany reports daily high number of new coronavirus cases

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Germany’s national disease control center has reported a record-high number of new coronavirus cases

The 39,676 cases registered by the Robert Koch Institute surpassed the previous daily record of 37,120 new cases reported Friday. The institute said Germany’s infection rate rose to 232.1 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days.

“We have a real emergency situation right now,” Christian Drosten, the head of virology at Berlin’s Charite Hospital, said regarding the situation at many hospital intensive care units across the country. “We have to do something right now.”

Government officials have repeatedly said they do not intend to impose lockdowns and have instead appealed to residents to get vaccinated.

As during other periods of the pandemic, the country has a patchwork of regional rules. Most places restrict access to many indoor facilities and events to people who have been vaccinated against the virus, have recovered from COVID-19 or recently received negative test results – with the latter category now excluded in some areas. However, the rules are often laxly enforced.

Several hospitals have said in recent days that they are again working at their limits and have ICUs so full of COVID-19 patients that they cannot admit new patients at the moment.

Berlin’s Charite said Tuesday it had to cancel planned surgeries due to the number of staff members caring for people with COVID-19. Authorities have said most of latest patients are unvaccinated.

Drosten said he expects “a very strenuous winter” if vaccinations don’t pick up quickly.

“We probably need to control infection activity again through contact measures – not probably, but certainly,” he said.

“We’re in a bad situation: we have 15 million people who could have been vaccinated and should have been vaccinated,” Drosten said.

Since the start of the pandemic, 96,963 people have died of COVID-19 in Germany, according to official figures.

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