Germany last to exceed 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

BERLIN (AP) – Germany becomes the latest country to surpass the 100,000 death barrier from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to official data released Thursday.

In the last 24 hours there were 351 more deaths related to the coronavirus, bringing the national total to 100,119, explained the German disease control agency.

In Europe, Germany is the fifth nation to surpass that mark after Russia, Great Britain, Italy and France.

The Robert Koch Institute, the federal agency that collects data from about 400 regional health departments, also reported a daily record of infections, with 75,961 new infections in 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, Germany has confirmed more than 5.57 million infections.

The rebound in cases led what will be the next German government to announce on Wednesday the creation of a permanent group of experts who will advise the authorities on how to tackle the pandemic.

Although the number of daily infections is higher than that of last winter’s wave, now there are fewer deaths from confirmed cases. Experts maintain that this is due to vaccination, which they say reduces the possibility of developing a serious picture of the disease.

But hospitals have warned that intensive care unit beds are being filled with COVID-19 patients and some centers in the south and east of the country have begun transferring patients to other regions.

The government asked those who received the second dose of the vaccine more than six months ago to get another booster, and urged those who do not have any to start the process. According to official data, 68.1% of the 83 million inhabitants of the country have the complete vaccination schedule, well below the threshold of 75% to which the authorities aspire.

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