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New daily virus death record for Germany

Germany has registered 1129 coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours, a new record, the Robert Koch institute (RKI) of infectious diseases in Berlin says.

A further 22,459 new infections were recorded, according to the RKI.

The last record figure of fatalities was posted last Wednesday, when 962 deaths were reported as well as 24,740 new infections.

Germany has tightened its restrictions in recent weeks in order to bring the number of coronavirus infections down.

The increasing number of new cases and deaths is putting pressure on the country’s health systems.

With a view to the death toll, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday that he didn’t see a possibility of ending the current lockdown.

“These figures prove just how brutally the virus is still pummelling us,” he said, adding that a return to normality was far off. “1129 families will be mourning during New Year’s.”

Germany enacted sweeping closures and restrictions across the country in mid-December, tightening a partial lockdown initiated in early November that failed to reverse the country’s rising trend in infections.

The tougher lockdown is to stay in place until January 10 at the earliest, following an agreement between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the premiers of the country’s 16 states.

The RKI has counted 1.68 million infections with the novel coronavirus in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic.

The total number of people who died in connection with a coronavirus infection rose to 32,107. The RKI put the number of those who had recovered at around 1.3 million.

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