Thursday, December 2, 2021

Germany Becomes Last Country to Kill 100,000 of COVID-19 | AP News

BERLIN (AP) – Official figures released Thursday show Germany is the latest country to surpass 100,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic. started.

Germany’s Disease Control Agency said there were 351 additional coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 100,119.

In Europe, Germany became the fifth country to pass this mark, after Russia, Great Britain, Italy and France.

The Robert Koch Institute, a federal agency that collects data from about 400 regional health departments, said Germany also set a record for daily confirmed cases at 75,961 in 24 hours. More than 5.57 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Germany since the outbreak began.

The rise in cases prompted the pending German government on Wednesday to announce the creation of a new permanent expert group. to advise officials on how to deal with the pandemic.

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While the number of daily infections is higher than during the last winter wave., there are now fewer daily deaths for every confirmed case. Experts say this is due to vaccinations, which they say reduces the likelihood of serious illness.

However, hospitals have warned that intensive care beds are running out, and some facilities in the south and east of the country have begun transferring patients to other regions.

The government has urged people who were vaccinated more than six months ago to get boosters, and those who have not yet been vaccinated at all to get their first shot. Officials say 68.1% of Germany’s 83 million people are fully vaccinated, well below the 75% minimum the government is aiming for.

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