Germany, which extended its restrictive measures until January 31, recorded in the last 24 hours, a new record of deaths from the Coronavirus, or 1,244 cases recorded on Wednesday.
According to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), published Thursday, with this figure, Germany is approaching the figure of 40,000 dead since the onset of the pandemic (43,881).
In addition to these deaths, some 25,164 new cases have been diagnosed in the country, or 1,978,590 in total, says RKI, responsible for the control and fight against diseases.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against this deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the country. She warned that the full impact of the intensification of social contacts during the Christmas and New Year periods was not yet visible in the statistics.
The coming weeks will be “the hardest phase of the pandemic” to date with many doctors and medical staff working to their maximum capacity, she warned.
More than 5,000 Covid-19 patients are currently in intensive care in Germany and more than 80% of the beds in the intensive care units are occupied.
In addition, schools like most non-food stores, bars, restaurants, cultural, sports and leisure facilities are closed until the end of January.