Germany reports 22,609 new daily COVID-19 cases
The number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany increased by 22,609 in 24 hours, bringing the total to 855,916, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Thursday. The increase is slightly above the previous week's level, Trend reports citing Xinhua.
Germany is currently in the second half of a month-long partial coronavirus lockdown.
The situation is "still serious, very serious," said RKI President Lothar Wieler at a press conference on Thursday. The case numbers are "still very high overall, much too high."
"The case numbers have stabilized at a high level in the last two weeks," said Wieler. "But we do not know whether this is already a trend reversal."
The number of deaths related to COVID-19 in Germany increased by 251 on Thursday to a total of 13,370, according to the RKI.
The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care increased to 3,561 by Wednesday, the RKI said. During the first wave of COVID-19, the peak was around 2,900 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, according to the DIVI online registry for intensive care beds.
Some hospitals in the country could reach capacity limits soon and patients could no longer receive optimal care, Wieler said.
On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the minister presidents of the federal states drew up an interim balance sheet of Germany's partial lockdown. Rather than further tightening the preventive measures, they appealed to the public to reduce social contacts to a minimum.
Representatives of the federal and state governments are scheduled to meet again on Nov. 25 to agree on COVID-19 measures for December and January.
As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, countries including Germany, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are racing to find a vaccine.
According to the website of the World Health Organization, as of Nov. 12, 212 COVID-19 candidate vaccines were being developed worldwide, 48 of them in clinical trials.