Berlin, 11 December 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Germany has registered 29,875 coronavirus infections in 24 hours, a new record, the Robert Koch institute (RKI) of infectious diseases in Berlin said early Friday.
The previous record was reached a day earlier with 23,679 reported cases.
The RKI announced 598 new deaths within one day, also a record high.
The total number of people who have died in connection with a coronavirus infection rose to 20,970.
The increasing cases and deaths come as Germany remains under a partial shut down, which has so far failed to bring the pandemic’s second wave under control.
Germany’s top disease control official described the situation as “extremely fragile” after the country recorded a new high in coronavirus cases on Thursday.
In total, the RKI has counted 1,272,078 infections with the virus in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, more than 10,000 doctors are interested in joining vaccination centres in Germany to help get people vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, according to a report published by the Funke media group on Friday.
The report cited the media group’s survey of health insurance associations across the country’s 16 federal states.
The deputy head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Stephan Hofmeister, said: “The willingness of resident colleagues to take part in the upcoming coronavirus vaccinations is high.”
As soon as enough doses are available, vaccinating ought to be moved from the centres to doctors’ offices, Hofmeister added.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn expects that the first vaccines will be ready by January at the latest.
Vaccines are to be distributed via almost 30 delivery points across the country via regional vaccination centres, for which halls, stadiums and hotels are being prepared.
Later, doctors’ offices will take over vaccinations, according to the report.