The total number of deaths caused by the coronavirus in Germany – where the country has extended anti-Covid regulations until mid-February – has exceeded 50 thousand. This was announced by the Robert Koch Institute.
The institute has recorded a total of 50,642 deaths since the start of the pandemic; 859 people have died in the past 24 hours, a figure that is down in a weekly comparison. These figures are based both on people who died directly from the disease caused by the virus and on people with pre-existing diseases who were infected by the coronavirus and for whom the exact cause of death cannot be conclusively proven.The Robert Koch Institute recorded 17,862 new Covid-19 infections in a single day.The total number of confirmed infections in Germany has risen to more than 2.1 million since the start of the pandemic (2,106,262). The number of people cured after infection is about 1,780,200 during the same period. The seven-day incidence rate stands at 115.3 cases per 100,000 population nationwide, slightly lower than yesterday’s 119.0 cases. The trend has been declining for the past week, but the indicator remains well above the government’s target of fewer than 50 cases.Because of the still high number of infections, Angela Merkel’s government and the presidents of the sixteen regional states decided Tuesday to tighten and extend anti-Covid regulations until mid-February in the face of fears of a spread of new, more contagious virus variants. Restaurants, cafes, sporting and cultural events have been shut down for two and a half months and will remain so until at least Feb. 14. Medical, FFP2 or surgical masks will henceforth be mandatory in stores, subways, buses, trains and streetcars. From now on, where possible, will also be imposed smart working, at least until March 15.In Italy, just to make a comparison, the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 amounts to 84,202. In France, about 72,000.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent – EN