Germany Last Country to Surpass 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths | WGN 720 radio


FILE – A hotel turned on lights in some rooms to form a heart near buildings in the banking district of Frankfurt, Germany on December 10, 2020, as the German government discusses new restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Germany is set to score 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week, taking a grim milestone several of its neighbors took months ago but some in Western Europe’s most populous country had hoped to avoid. (AP Photo / Michael Probst, file)

BERLIN (AP) – Official figures released on Thursday show that Germany has become the latest country to record 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Germany’s disease control agency said it recorded 351 more coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 100,119.

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

The Robert Koch Institute, a federal agency that collects data from some 400 regional health offices, said Germany also recorded a new record number of daily confirmed cases – 75,961 in a 24-hour period. . Since the start of the epidemic, Germany has recorded more than 5.57 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The surge in the number of cases prompted the standby German government on Wednesday to announce the creation of a new standing expert group to advise authorities 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 started transferring patients to other areas.

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