Berlin: Germany on Thursday recorded a record 50,196 new infections with COVID-19, according to health authorities. This is the first time that Germany has exceeded 50,000 cases since the start of the pandemic, and comes when infections and deaths have skyrocketed since mid-October. Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel called the rise in infections “dramatic”. “
The pandemic is coming back in a spectacular new way,” said his spokesperson, calling on regional authorities to take further steps to quell the epidemic. Pressure is also mounting on hospitals, in an outbreak blamed on Germany’s relatively low vaccination rates of just over 67%. Many of the hardest-hit states, including Saxony, Bavaria and more recently Berlin, have introduced new restrictions targeting unvaccinated people, who have been the first to be hit by the rebound in cases. From Monday, Berlin will ban unvaccinated people from entering restaurants, terraces, bars, gyms and hairdressers.