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

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.

People wait for a Covid test in Munich.
People wait for a Covid test in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

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.

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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.

READ ALSO: ‘Difficult weeks ahead,’ warns German Health Minister on Omicron fears

Member comments

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. Its really easy i just copy and paste.

        Prove my assertion to be incorrect. With data.
        Or you can get all but hurt and report me.

      2. Since humans have the gift of hindsight, I will ask you: of the RECORD cases we had (again) 2 weeks ago how many ended up sick? ALL of them? Are you saying that 40-50-60 thousand of people EVERY day ended in the hospital? How paranoid and insane are you?

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. Keep going Flynn. Refreshing to see a sane voice on these Forums. Too many people have gone down a dark dark road.

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”

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