Last day, record increases in coronavirus infections were recorded in Germany and Austria. According to the Berlin Institute of Robert Koch, over 80,000 new infections have been reported in Germany. Austrian authorities said more than 17,000 SARS-CoV-2 infections were detected.
For every 100 new infections recorded worldwide, around 23 are detected in European countries, reports the Reuters agency. He adds that an average of one million coronavirus infections are recorded in the Old Continent within more or less two days. More than 97 million people have fallen ill with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in Europe, 1.9 million of whom have died.
On Wednesday, two countries – Germany and Austria – announced the highest daily balances of new infections. On Tuesday, the same information came from France and Italy, where 368,000 and 220,000 infections were confirmed respectively.
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Germany – over 80,000 new infections
Within 24 hours, the health authorities in Germany reported a total of 80 430 infection. A week ago that was it 58 912 infections. The previous record was set on November 18, when 65,371 were recorded. 384 people who died in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19.
Institute of Robert Koch reported that the number of infections in seven days per 100,000 inhabitants was 407.5 on Wednesday. A day earlier it was 387.9, 258.6 a week before, and 390.9 a month before.
In terms of regions, incidence rates vary considerably. The federal state of Bremen continues to record the highest number with 1,296.8 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Berlin comes second (856.4). The incidence of more than 500 is also recorded in Schleswig-Holstein (633) and Hamburg (568.9), in other federal states this indicator is below 500.
The lowest seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants is currently in Saxony (239.5) – a federal state that until recently was the leader in this statistics. It is suspected that these differences are related on the one hand to an earlier spread of the omicron variant in the north of the country and, on the other hand, to a higher risk of contamination in large cities.
Austria – over 17,000 infections
Austria also recorded the worst coronavirus statistics since the beginning of the pandemic. There has been detected in the last 24 hours 17 006 new SARS-CoV-2 infections, the ministries of health and internal affairs announced on Wednesday. The increase in COVID-19 cases has been attributed to the highly infectious omicron variant.
Austrian Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer (OeVP) on Tuesday upheld earlier decisions on the entry into force of the COVID-19 vaccination obligation from February 1. On Monday, the opinion on this draft was completed in the parliament.
In Austria, 95 percent of the country’s nearly nine million inhabitants have so far been vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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