Germany COVID-19 death toll passes 10,000

Germany COVID-19 death toll passes 10,000

People wearing face masks are pictured at Schloss Strasse shopping street as the coronavirus diseas
FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks are pictured at Schloss Strasse shopping street, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Berlin, Germany, Oct 20, 2020. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

BERLIN: Germany has suffered more than 10,000 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to official data published on Saturday (Oct 24).

A total of 10,003 deaths have been recorded by the Robert Koch Institute, a federal government agency, with 418,005 infections recorded nationwide.

Of those, 14,714 were diagnosed in the last 24 hours - a daily record.

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Robert Koch Institute president Lothar Wieler said Germany was facing a "very serious" situation and asked the population to adhere to social distancing measures.

Germany was spared during the first wave of coronavirus infections that hit Europe in spring but is now suffering a sharp increase in cases along with the rest of the continent.

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Authorities have tightened measures against the pandemic including the adoption of a public assembly ban.

On Saturday, Chancellor Angela Merkel reinforced a message from last week where she asked the country to reduce social contact and stay home as much as possible.

Instead of posting a new instalment of her weekly video podcast, Merkel said last week's message was even more pertinent and urgent.

If Germans reduce contacts "we will all together meet the massive challenge that this virus poses", she said in a statement.

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Source: AFP/kv