LATEST: Germany reports new coronavirus case record as fear of infection grows

LATEST: Germany reports new coronavirus case record as fear of infection grows
People wearing masks in Nuremberg on Thursday. Photo: DPA
On Friday morning Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) confirmed a new record number of coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, or 7,334 within the past 24 hours.

The number was up from the previous high record of 6,638 new cases which were registered on Thursday.  

There’s also a spike in the number of coronavirus patients who are being treated in intensive care. On Thursday, 655 patients with the virus were handled in intensive care units, and 329 received oxygen. 

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The previous week (October 8th) the number stood at 487, and 239 who received oxygen. 

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There are currently around 8,700 free ICU beds in Germany, according to the official data. 

Since the beginning of the crisis a total of 348,557 people in Germany are confirmed to have contracted the virus, according to data from the RKI.

There have been a total 9,734 deaths resulting from the virus, 24 of which were registered in the last day. A total of 287,600 people have reported themselves to have recovered from the virus. 

The following graph shows where the most coronavirus infections around Germany have occurred over the last seven days. Photo: DPA

At the same time fears of becoming infected with the virus are again rising around Germany, according to a YouGov survey of 2,038 people across Germany published on Friday.

Forty three percent of people in Germany have a “very great” or “rather great fear” of catching the virus, up from 40 percent in July. Just under half of those surveyed said they were not afraid.

A full 72 percent also believe that the coronavirus situation in Germany is currently getting worse, with the majority of them of the opinion that the global crisis is not over yet. 

Seventy five percent of those surveyed believe that the situation will worsen; at the end of July, the figure was 66 percent. 

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