Germany says it recorded 1,707 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number since late April this year.
AFP reports that the latest increase takes the total number of infections in the country to 228,621 since the beginning of the pandemic and a total death toll to 9,253.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the public health agency that compiles the COVID-19 number in Germany, has put the seven-day cumulative COVID-19 incidence rate at 9.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. On August 12, it stood at 7.0, AFP further reports.
“This development is very concerning and increasing in dynamic. A further worsening of the situation must be avoided,” RKI wrote in its daily report.
“On the one hand, the increase in younger age groups needs to be stopped, on the other hand, transmission into older and vulnerable groups needs to be prevented. As soon as the number of infections rises among elderly people, hospitalisations and the number of deaths will likely rise as well,” it warned.
This news was originally reported at Euronews