The total number of recorded COVID-19 infections in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic hit the 2 million mark on Friday, the Robert Koch Institute announced. The country added 22,368 new daily cases on Friday as well as 1,113 coronavirus deaths. The total death toll reached 44,994. The milestone followed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reported call on Thursday for further measures to curb the outbreak. Germany has been under lockdown since December, but the country continues to see high numbers of daily infections. The 2 million milestone represents only recorded infections with the actual number, including infections in people with no symptoms, likely much higher. Germany stood out in Europe during the earlier stages of the pandemic for its low infection rate and death toll, but it has been particularly badly struck by a second wave. The country’s vaccination program has also been criticized for its sluggish implementation — but by Thursday 842,455 people had been vaccinated, equivalent to 1% of the population. Here’s a roundup of the other major deveopments around the world. Watch video 03:36 Share Total shutdown for Germany? Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3nuEA Expert: Germany should shut… Read full this story
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