BERLIN (AP) – Germany has become the latest country to record 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, official figures released on Thursday showed.
Germany’s disease control agency said it recorded 351 additional deaths in relation to the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 100,119.
In Europe, Germany is the fifth country to cross that mark, after Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy and France.
The Robert Koch Institute, a federal agency that collects data from nearly 400 regional health offices, said Germany recorded a new record number of daily confirmed cases – 75,961 – in a 24-hour period. Since the start of the outbreak, there have been more than 5.57 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany.
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A surge in cases prompted Germany’s government to announce on Wednesday the creation of a new permanent expert group that would advise officials on how to tackle the pandemic.
Hospitals have warned that intensive care beds are running out, and some facilities in the south and east of the country have begun to move patients to other areas.
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