Germany sees 52,826 new cases of virus and seeks reinforcements earlier

Germany sees 52,826 new cases of virus and seeks reinforcements earlier

Berlin The German Disease Control Agency reported 52,826 cases of the new coronavirus on Wednesday, with infection rates continuing to rise.

The Robert Koch Institute said 294 people have died in Germany from COVID-19 since the previous day, bringing the country’s epidemiological death toll to 98,274.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn has called on doctors not to wait for at least six months before giving patients a booster vaccine.

Infections have surged in recent weeks, especially among unvaccinated people, with southern and eastern Germany worst affected.

The Meissen region, near Dresden, has recorded nearly 1,305 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past week.

Meanwhile, authorities in neighboring Austria said travelers will need to show a negative PCR test when entering the country; Previously, cheaper lateral flow test results were allowed.

The Alpine country on Monday implemented a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people who have not recently contracted COVID-19.

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