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Record Number of Infections in Germany, Two Years After First Case

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Germany reports a record number of 203,136 infections on Thursday. Never before have so many cases been registered in the country within 24 hours. The record comes exactly two years after the country’s first corona infection was diagnosed.

 

On January 27, 2020, the virus was first detected in a man in the German region of Bavaria. Since then, more than 9 million infections have been reported by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German equivalent of the RIVM. As a result, more than 117,000 Germans died from the effects of the coronavirus.

The number of infections has exploded in recent weeks due to the rapid spread of the omikron variant of the coronavirus. On Wednesday, the RKI reported 164,000 new infections, which was also a record.

Earlier this week, tens of thousands of Germans took to the streets to protest against corona measures and a possible vaccination obligation for all residents. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is considering introducing such a general vaccination requirement. However, opponents argue that mandatory vaccination is contrary to the constitution, among other things.

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