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Germany reports more than 1,000 Covid-related deaths in a day for first time

The number exceeds the previous record set a week ago of 962 and brings Germany’s total death toll to 32,107.

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A mobile vaccination team in Germany (Frank Roeth/via AP)

A mobile vaccination team in Germany (Frank Roeth/via AP)

A mobile vaccination team in Germany (Frank Roeth/via AP)

German authorities have reported more than 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths in one day for the first time since the pandemic began.

The national disease control centre, the Robert Koch Institute, said on Wednesday that 1,129 deaths were reported over the past 24 hours.

That exceeds the previous record set a week ago of 962 and brings Germany’s total death toll to 32,107.

While delayed reporting of statistics over holidays and weekends is often an issue in Germany, the latest figure fits a recent pattern of high numbers of deaths.

Germany had a relatively low death rate in the first phase of the pandemic but has seen hundreds of deaths per day in recent weeks. Among major European nations, Italy, the UK, France and Spain still have higher death tolls.

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A woman working in a nursing home is vaccinated against coronavirus in Germany (AP)

A woman working in a nursing home is vaccinated against coronavirus in Germany (AP)

A woman working in a nursing home is vaccinated against coronavirus in Germany (AP)

A shutdown that was deepened on December 16 with the closure of schools and most shops is scheduled to remain in place until January 10.

It appears almost certain to be extended when Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors review the situation next week.

The disease control centre said 22,459 new coronavirus cases were reported over the past 24 hours.

That is a bit lower than a week ago, but lower testing of non-acute cases over Christmas may also play a role.

Germany has reported nearly 1.69 million cases in total.

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