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“Covid” is written on a coffin containing a deceased person who has died from the coronavirus. The coffins stand in the cult hall of the crematorium before cremation in Saxony, Meissen, Germany, Jan. 8. Robert Michael / picture alliance / Getty Images

More than 40,000 people have died from symptoms related to the novel coronavirus in Germany, according to data from the country’s Center for Disease Control.

The Robert Koch Institute’s daily tally showed an additional 465 deaths in 24 hours, bringing the country’s total death toll to 40,343.

The country also recorded 16,946 new infections during the same period, bringing the total number of cases to 1,908,527.

Germany, which has been praised for handling the first wave of the pandemic, reported its largest 24-hour increase in Covid-19-related deaths on Friday. With this, the death toll in the country increased by 1,188 in 24 hours.

Prolonged lockdown as cases increase: Earlier in the week, the government extended the nation’s national lockdown – originally scheduled until January 10 – until the end of the month, while tightening movement and contact restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

Germany continues its vaccination campaign: On Saturday, Health Minister Jens Spahn announced that half a million people across the country had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

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