Merkel warns against COVID-19 mutation as Germany’s death toll surpasses 70,000

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MORE than 70,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Germany, according to official figures.

  The country’s agency for disease control and prevention, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), on Monday recorded 4,732 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 2,447,068.

  The RKI also reported that 60 additional deaths, bringing the total death toll to 70,105 since the recorded numbers are always low at weekends because not so many people get tested.

Meanwhile, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder also warned against the new variants of the coronavirus which seems to have taken over.

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  Soeder pointed out that there are coronavirus hotspots on the German border with the Czech Republic.

In his words, “Coronavirus will keep us busy in the next few months, make no mistake.”

  The Bavarian noted that more vaccinations and tests were needed therefore called for general practitioners, as well as company and factory doctors to start giving vaccinations.

  The RKI used the opportunity to reveal that Germany’s seven-day incidence rate has risen to 65.8 representing the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants, aiming to reach an incidence rate of 35 before lifting restrictions.

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