German health officials reported the highest number of deaths in one day due to the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reported that officials at Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, which serves as the country’s top health authority, reported 962 deaths over a 24-hour period on Wednesday morning, an increase that comes along with the highest number of deaths. new cases of COVID-19 from Germany amid the pandemic so far.
Nearly 28,000 people died across Germany from the disease, a number that remains much lower than the United States and other countries that have been less successful in limiting the spread of the virus. But the daily death rate from the virus in Germany has increased by 62 percent in the past two weeks, underscoring the country’s concerns.
The new figures appear at a time when Germany’s health minister said on Monday that the country’s health officials will begin vaccinating COVID-19 on December 27 in German nursing homes, a few weeks after the vaccine began. be distributed in the UK and the USA
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced earlier this month that face-to-face teaching in German schools would be canceled at least until Christmas, and would close many non-essential deals as well, limiting meetings before the Christmas holiday.
“The measures we started on November 2 were not enough,” Merkel said in a statement last week.
“The health system is under strong pressure and our goal has always been to avoid overloading the health system,” added the chancellor at the time.