New record number of new infections in Germany and Greece

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Health authorities in Germany have reported more new CoV infections to the Robert Koch Institute than at any time since the pandemic began. They transmitted 39,676 new cases within one day, according to figures from the RKI. The previous high of 37,120 had been reported on Friday.

The seven-day incidence is 232.1, according to the RKI dashboard, marking the third consecutive day it has reached a high. Across Germany, 236 deaths were recorded within 24 hours, according to the new data.

Drosten expects ‘very strenuous winter’
German virologist Christian Drosten expects the Corona pandemic to be “a very strenuous winter” and also believes new contact restrictions are possible. “We have a real emergency situation right now,” the head of virology at Berlin’s Charité hospital said in light of the situation in intensive care units on the NDR podcast “The Coronavirus Update.” “We have to do something right now.”

New high in new infections in Greece
In Greece, the number of daily reported coronavirus infections has reached a new high. Within 24 hours, 8,613 new infections were registered, health authorities said yesterday. Forty-six more people died in connection with Covid-19. Two weeks ago, the number of new daily infections had been half as high.

Particularly hard hit by the current rise in infection cases is northern Greece. There, the vaccination rate is lower than in the rest of the country. The head of the emergency department of the Papanikolaou Hospital in Thessaloniki, Nikos Kapravelos, recently warned of conditions like those in November of last year, when Greece experienced a violent second wave of coronavirus.

According to authorities, 61.2 percent of Greeks have received two doses of the vaccine. According to the Ministry of Health in Athens, demand for initial vaccinations has risen sharply in recent days.

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