Paramedics man a Covid-19 Test Center for returning Germany tourists at Hanover Airport. Photo: Per Steffen/dpa
The RKI disease control institute said it registered 2,034 new cases and seven more deaths, taking the total fatalities to 9,267 and confirmed cases to 232,082.
Daily infection counts have increased sharply in recent days, with authorities suggesting large numbers of returning tourists — some coming from regions with elevated risk of transmission — may be bringing the virus with them.
Other experts have highlighted a big increase in the number of tests being carried out.
“The growth we're presently seeing in the number of cases is troubling,” Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday.
“We should be worried,” Seibert added, urging the public to act “responsibly” by sticking to infection control measures like social distancing and mask-wearing.