Germany has reported a total of 65,371 new Covid-19 cases.
On Thursday, Germany recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus cases, with more than 65,000 new infections, as officials warned that many hospitals were nearing capacity.
The country’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), confirmed 65,371 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, up from 52,826 cases reported on Wednesday.
The virus claimed 264 more lives, bringing the country’s pandemic death toll to 98,538.
Health officials in Bavaria’s southern state Bavaria have warned that many hospitals have reached capacity with seriously ill Covid-19 patients and have begun transferring new patients to other cities and states.
On Wednesday, there were 3,376 seriously ill coronavirus patients in intensive care units (ICUs) across the country, with 1,710 on mechanical ventilation.
Coronavirus has resurfaced in Germany as people spend more time indoors during the colder months, and a large number of people remain unvaccinated against the disease.
56.3 million people, or 67.7 percent of the country’s population, have been fully immunized against Covid-19.
The government’s goal has been to vaccinate at least 75% of the population in order to avoid an exponential increase in new infections during the fall and winter months.
Later in the day, Germany’s central government and federal state premiers are scheduled to hold a videoconference to organize a broader vaccination campaign and tougher restrictions, particularly for unvaccinated people.
The highest single-day spike in SoKor
South Korea also reported nearly 3,300 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest single-day increase since the country’s pandemic outbreak last year, according to local media.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the country recorded 3,292 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total caseload to 406,065, as it battles the pandemic’s fourth wave.
The new high surpassed the previous high of 3,270 COVID-19 cases in a single day on September 25.
According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, the death toll has now risen to 3,187.
Following the emergence of the Delta variant on July 7, the country has seen an increase in new infections.
According to the report, cases increased after the government eased restrictions across the country on Nov. 1 under the “living with Covid-19” scheme to allow people to return to normal life.
The government allowed people to gather in groups of up to ten in the capital and its surrounding areas under that scheme, while the limit was raised to 12 in the rest of the country, regardless of vaccination.
Working hours restrictions for businesses were also lifted, though people were asked to continue wearing masks indoors.
Visitors must show their immunization certificates or negative Covid-19 test results when entering high-risk facilities such as pubs, nightclubs, and indoor gyms.
South Korea plans to remove all restrictions by the end of February next year.
According to the agency, 42.11 million people, or 82 percent of the country’s 52 million population, have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while over 40.31 million, or 78.5 percent, have been fully vaccinated.
Russia’s death toll has reached an all-time high.
Russia set another record for daily coronavirus fatalities on Wednesday, with 1,247 people dying in the previous day, bringing the total to 259,084.
During the same time period, 36,626 people became infected with the virus, bringing Russia’s caseload to 9.18 million and active cases to 1.04 million, according to a daily report from the country’s emergency task force.
Meanwhile, 36,388 Covid-19 patients have been healed since Tuesday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 7.88 million.
According to Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the pandemic has claimed more than 5.1 million lives in 192 countries and regions since December 2019, with over 254.4 million cases reported worldwide.
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