Germany latest country to pass 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

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Germany has become the latest country to cross 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, official figures show

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BERLIN – Official figures released on Thursday show Germany has become the latest country to surpass 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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In Europe, Germany is the fifth country to cross that mark, after Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy and France.

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.

While the number of daily infections is higher than that seen during last winter’s surge, the daily deaths per confirmed case are currently low. Experts say this is due to vaccination, which they say reduces the chances of serious illness.

Still, hospitals warn 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.

The government has urged people who were vaccinated more than six months ago, and those who have not yet been vaccinated, to get their first shot. Officials say 68.1% of Germany’s 83 million residents have been fully vaccinated, far below the government’s target of a minimum 75% level.

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