Germany reported more than 400 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours – marking the country’s deadliest day during the pandemic.
According to Germany’s disease and control center, the Robert Koch Institute, the country saw 410 COVID-19-related deaths in the last day, bringing the total death toll to 14,771. Additionally, 18,633 new cases were reported, bringing the country’s total to more than 961,320.
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Wednesday’s numbers are a sharp increase from Tuesday, which saw an increase in the death toll of 249 and an increase in cases of 13,554 as the country grapples with a recent influx of cases.
Officials attribute the rise in cases and deaths partly to an increase of transmission among older people and in nursing homes. The institute said the proportion of outbreaks in nursing homes has been continuously and considerably increasing.
Additionally, the number of people in intensive care units has also reached record levels this month. According to the institute, since mid-October, the number of COVID-19 patients requiring ICU care has increased from 655 to 3,770 as of Tuesday.
The grim news comes the same day German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to meet with state governors to review guidelines and restrictions in order to get the pandemic under control.