New coronavirus cases exceed 50,000 in Germany for the first time – POLITICAL


FRANKFURT – New coronavirus cases in Germany have crossed the 50,000 mark for the first time, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) She said today, adding pressure on the next government to push through more ambitious containment measures.

The German public health authority has reported 50,196 new cases in the past 24 hours. The RKI also reported 235 new deaths. The numbers in Germany have increased in the past few days. The previous record was reported on Wednesday with new cases reaching 39,676.

The German parliament will later discuss a set of rules to help contain the spread of the virus later today. The rules, proposed by the three parties currently in coalition talks to form the new German government, are not expected to be passed into law until next week and fall short of the more drastic measure required by many of the country’s experts.

Germany’s foremost virologist, Christian Drosten, has warned that the COVID-19 death toll in the country could rise by another 100,000 – as many as have already died in the pandemic – before the coronavirus situation reaches a more stable and endemic state. About 15 million people in Germany have not been vaccinated, and many of them are elderly and vulnerable to the disease, Drosten said in his latest podcast.

With infections reaching record highs, the southern state of Bavaria has declared a state of emergency for the third time in the pandemic, regional broadcaster BR reported. This step allows the regional government to intensify the coordination of emergency services to cope with the increase in the number of cases.

Katrin Göring-Eckardt, leader of the Greens parliamentary group, meanwhile, has expressed alarm at the rising figures. But in an interview on German radio before the parliamentary debate, you affirmed his opposition to an extension of special powers that serve as the legal basis for most of the coronavirus restrictions due to expire on November 25. His party is trying to form an alliance with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the Liberal Democrats (FDP).


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