Germany registered more than 100,000 new infections of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, according to data published on Wednesday by the country’s health authorities, in a pandemic wave linked to the omicron variant.
The main European economy registered 112,323 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, its highest number since the start of the pandemic, in addition to 239 deaths, indicated the Robert Koch Institute.
The total number of cases is close to 8.2 million and the number of deaths exceeds 116,000 in this country. The incidence also reaches a record level of 584.4 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.
Germany has pushed for a tightening of restrictions to curb the spread. Bars and restaurants, which only allowed access to fully vaccinated or recovered people, must now also request a booster dose or a negative test from their customers.
In addition, private meetings have been limited to a maximum of ten people or to people from only two households if one of the people is not vaccinated.
The country is experiencing a rise in infections linked to the omicron variant, responsible for more than 70% of new infections.
The new chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to approve compulsory vaccination among his 83 million citizens, of which only 60 million have the complete guideline.
But the measure causes rejection or suspicion, including among his centrist coalition partners in the FDP, who doubt the project. In addition, hundreds or thousands of people have protested against government restrictions due to the pandemic.
Even so, Scholz insisted last week on his first parliamentary session as chancellor. “I think it is necessary and I will actively advocate for it,” he said.
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