With Steep Rise in Infections, Coronavirus Cases in Germany Soar Past 10,000

People spent their time outside during the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin. (Reuters)

People spent their time outside during the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin. (Reuters)

Twenty people have died so far from the viral infection, while North Rhine-Westphalia remains the worst-hit state in the country, registering 3,033 coronavirus cases.

  • AFP Berlin
  • Last Updated: March 19, 2020, 5:23 PM IST

Germany has recorded 10,999 cases of the novel coronavirus, official data showed Thursday, with the number of newly reported infections rising by 2,801 in a single day.

Twenty people have died from the viral infection, data from the disease control agency Robert Koch Institute (RKI) showed.

North Rhine-Westphalia remains the worst-hit state, with 3,033 COVID-19 cases, up 661 from a day ago.

The data is compiled from regional authorities of cases tested for the virus. But depending on an individual state’s policies, many other possible cases may not have been tested because they show only mild symptoms or have not been in contact with a known case.

With the contagion showing no signs of abating authorities have ordered schools closed, non-essential shops shut and made repeated calls for Germans to stay home.

With the pleas appearing to fall on the deaf ears of some, two small Bavarian villages have imposed a lockdown.

Leaders in bigger cities and regions have also warned that they may be forced to take tougher action.

“I cannot and will not rule out taking further measures in the coming days,” Berlin mayor Michael Mueller said Wednesday.

“The question of lockdown can play a role. That can be decided quickly. In that case, the parks and gardens will be closed,” he warned.

Source: https://www.news18.com/news/world/with-teep-rise-in-infections-coronavirus-cases-in-germany-soar-past-10000-2543059.html

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