New cases of coronavirus infections in Germany have jumped to 6,638 in the last 24 hours, according to official data on Thursday, reaching a daily level not seen since the onset of the pandemic.
The alarming jump came just hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel met with leaders of Germany’s 16 Länder to agree on stricter restrictions designed to slow the spread of the disease.
The highest number of new cases previously registered in one day was 6,294 on March 28, according to the Robert Koch Institute’s Centers for Disease Control.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday night announced new restrictions on people who gather at events, as well as the mandatory wearing of a mask in places with many people.
Under the new measures, if an area registers more than 35 new infections per 1
“We see that … infection rates are rising and that we have a very high infection rate in some regions,” Merkel said.
“We must therefore prevent uncontrolled or exponential increases.”
The number of people allowed to gather will also be limited to 25 in public and 15 in private.
Once the threshold of 50 new infections per 100,000 is exceeded, even stricter restrictions will apply.
These include limiting private gatherings to 10 people or two households and closing restaurants after 11pm.
Even more restrictions could be imposed if the upward trajectory of new infections is maintained, Merkel warned.
“We will see if what we have done today is enough,” she said after Wednesday’s ruling.
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