Germany sees more than 100,000 Covid-19 infections in 24 hours

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Germany sees more than 100,000 Covid-19 infections in 24 hours
People wait for a Covid test in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

Germany has registered more than 100,000 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours for the first time in the pandemic, according to data released by the country's public health agency on Wednesday.


Europe's biggest economy recorded 112,323 coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours and 239 fatalities, the Robert Koch Institute said.

The weekly incidence rate reached 584.4 new infections per 100,000 people over seven days, the agency added.

Germany has further tightened curbs to cut contamination, limiting access to bars and restaurants to people who have received their booster jabs or who are tested on top of being fully vaccinated or recovered.

Contact restrictions are also in place keeping private gatherings to 10 people, or two households if an unvaccinated person is present.

Germany's record rise in coronavirus cases comes as Omicron has become the dominant variant, accounting for more than 70 percent of new infections.


Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said the true number of infections could be up to two times higher than the official figures.

Numbers will likely continue to rise, peaking in around "mid-February", he told the RTL broadcaster.

Other European countries are also battling soaring Omicron rates, with neighbouring France recently averaging around 300,000 cases daily.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is seeking to introduce compulsory vaccinations to ramp up the immunity of the 83-million-strong population, of which 60 million are fully vaccinated.

But resistance has been growing in the country where the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine was first developed, with the business-friendly FDP party - junior partners in his coalition -- casting doubt on the project.


Hundreds, at times thousands, of protesters have also been taking to the streets to rail against the government's Covid strategy and planned vaccine mandate.

Despite the dissent, Scholz insisted that vaccinations are necessary.

"I, for one, believe that it is necessary and will actively push for it," Scholz told parliament last week at his first question time as chancellor.

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Anonymous 2022/01/19 15:27
Keep going Flynn. Refreshing to see a sane voice on these Forums. Too many people have gone down a dark dark road.
  • Anonymous 2022/01/19 20:37
    Thank god for people like Flynn. Sanity needs to return (but I don't keep my hopes up)
  • Anonymous 2022/01/19 16:43
    I wouldn't say I'm sane. I just have too much time on my hands.
Anonymous 2022/01/19 09:38
This new Scholz guy is wrong on every issue he's come across yet. Mandatory vaccines and now placating Putin. It didn't work for Neville and it won't work for Scholz.
  • Anonymous 2022/01/19 13:27
    Sholz has to get into bed with Putin. This green drive is an utter disaster leaving Germany and most of Europe without enough energy should we upset Russia. Its like a car crash in slow motion. You can see it coming and know its going to hurt.
Anonymous 2022/01/19 09:36
How many of the 112,323 are actually sick? The numbers of deaths are going down The number of intensive bed patients going down. Making this jab mandatory is not a good idea.
  • thelocal_462458 2022/01/19 13:48
    Aren't you tired of repeating the same (incorrect) shit in every The Local article on COVID? All of them are sick. Even if someone asymptomatic, they can become symptomatic at any time during the infection, and they can still infect and kill others. Number of deaths and ICU patients always trails the number of infections by 2-4 weeks - so it will go up again very soon.

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