In a rise that has been described as “dramatic” by Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany has reported 50,196 new cases of Covid-19, according to health authorities.
This is the first time that Covid-19 cases have surpassed 50,000 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic but also comes as infections and deaths soar since mid-October.
A spokesperson for Angela Merkel stated, “The pandemic is returning in a new spectacular fashion” while calling on regional authorities to take further action in quelling the outbreak.
Germany’s relatively low vaccination rates have been in the firing line of blame as just 67% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Some of the worst-hit states in Germany such as Saxony, Bavaria and Berlin have introduced new restrictions which are aimed at unvaccinated individuals, who are understood to be the first affected by the rebound in cases.
From Monday, Berlin will be banning unvaccinated people from entering restaurants, terraces, bars, sports halls and hairdressers.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is now 4.89 million while deaths have risen to 97,198.
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