Germany reports another COVID-19 record: 50,196 new cases – Community News

Germany reports another COVID-19 record: 50,196 new cases

People queue for vaccination at a temporary vaccination center in the campus building of the Technische Universitaet university in Dresden, Germany, Nov. 8, 2021. REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel

BERLIN, Nov. 11 (Reuters) – Germany reported a record 50,196 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the fourth day in a row that it has reached a new daily high as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections sweep over the country.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is now 4.89 million, and the total number of deaths rose by 235 to 97,198, according to the Robert Koch Institute’s public health authority.

The institute reported an increase in the seven-day incidence of the coronavirus – the number of people per 100,000 infected in the past week – from 232 on Wednesday to 249.

Reinhard Sager, the chairman of the Association of German Local Authorities (DLT), called on the hospitality and events industry to monitor more closely whether customers are being tested, vaccinated or recovered from the virus.

“The concern about losing potential customers should be significantly less than the concern about the consequences of failing to comply with audit obligations,” Sager told the Rheinische Post.

The three German parties in talks to form a coalition government in early December have agreed not to extend the nationwide state of emergency, despite the spate of infections.

Instead, they presented a bill on Monday that would amend existing legislation to ensure measures such as mandatory face masks and social distancing in public areas are enforced until March next year.

The bill is expected to be presented to the Lower House of the Bundestag on Thursday and voted in a special session a week later.

The parties are also considering allowing employers to impose a requirement that their staff be vaccinated, recovered or tested negative for coronavirus, Dirk Wiese, the deputy leader of the Social Democrats, told ARD television.

Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Michael Perry and Toby Chopra

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