BERLIN, December 8 (Reuters) – Germany on Wednesday recorded the most COVID-19 deaths since February as it struggles to stop a fourth wave of the pandemic.
A total of 69,601 new infections have been reported, 2,415 more than the same time a week ago, and 527 more people have died – the highest number since February 12 – bringing the total to 104 047, said the German Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control.
However, the seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 people nationwide continued to decline, falling to 427 from 432 on Tuesday.
Experts wondered if the metric meant Germany had passed the peak of this pandemic wave or if the numbers are unreliable as some health authorities are so overwhelmed, especially in the hardest hit areas.
The country agreed last week to deny unvaccinated access to all but the most essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and bakeries and to step up the vaccination campaign.
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Report by Emma Thomasson; Montage by Zuzanna Szymanska
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