With 33,949 new cases in 24 hours, Germany surpassed the previous record of 33,777 infections in one day, recorded on December 18, at the height of the second wave of the pandemic.
It has not yet been determined to what extent the All Saints’ Day holiday on 1 November may have affected this spike in infections, which could be due to a time lag in the detection and notification of cases as this day is a public holiday in five federal states.
Meanwhile, the number of deaths in 24 hours has risen to 165, compared to 126 a week earlier. The cumulative incidence in seven days stands at 154.5 new infections per 100,000 population, after 146.6 yesterday and 130.2 a week ago, while the number of active cases is around 247,800.
As of Tuesday, 69.5 % of Germany’s population had been vaccinated, 66.8 % with the full vaccination schedule. Acting Health Minister Jens Spahn said on the eve that Germany is currently facing “a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” which he said is “massive.”
The president of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, said that the impact of the fourth wave is as feared, due to the fact that the vaccination rate is still insufficient.
Meanwhile, the acting Chancellor, Angela Merkel, advocated the application of restrictions for the unvaccinated in view of the increase in the number of infections in the country.