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Germany health authorities reported 75,961 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as 351 new deaths associated with COVID-19  yesterday, a new single day record.

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The national 7-day incidence is 419.7 cases per 100,000 population. The 7-day incidence in federal states lies between 1,074.6 cases per 100,000 population in Saxony and 152.7 per 100,000 population in Schleswig-Holstein.

Germany has now reported more than 1 million cases in the past 28 days, the third most worldwide, following only the US and the UK.

The country has also eclipsed the 100,000 death toll count–100,123.

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The Local reports Germany’s new government thwarted a plan by outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel to put in place a two-week Austria-style national lockdown.

Merkel put forth the proposal on Tuesday evening and the lockdown would have commenced Thursday onwards.

Olaf Scholz, Germany’s former finance minister and vice chancellor, is set to become the country’s new chancellor when Merkel leaves the post after 16 years in office.

“Vaccination is the way out of this pandemic. In institutions where vulnerable groups are cared for, we should make vaccination compulsory,” Scholz said

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has assured that there is enough vaccine available for all upcoming vaccinations in Germany. By the end of the year, up to 50 million first, second and booster vaccinations could be carried out with vaccines from BioNTech and Moderna, he said in Berlin. Both vaccines are equally effective, said Spahn.

The vaccination campaign runs up again and again, many people have decided to have a booster vaccination. BioNTech’s vaccine has seen very high demand over the past two weeks. This week alone, 6 million cans are being supplied. Another order of this amount would empty BioNTech’s warehouse. That is why no more than 2 to 3 million cans can be delivered in the next few weeks: “Everything we have and everything we get new will of course be delivered. We’re not holding anything back, ”said Spahn. Moderna is delivered indefinitely, 16 million cans are currently in stock.

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