Germany, Austria coronavirus infection rates hit record levels

Berlin, Nov 8 (EFE).- Germany’s coronavirus infection rate on Monday hit its highest level since the pandemic began with a seven-day incidence rate of 202 cases per 100,000 people, according to health authorities.

The previous highest incidence rate was in the midst of the second coronavirus wave on 22 December last year with 197 infections per 100,000 people.

German authorities have called the recent spike in infections a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Some 67% of people in Germany have been fully vaccinated against severe Covid-19 symptoms.

In Austria, the seven-day incidence rate also hit record levels on Monday with 633 infections per 100,000 people and health authorities reported 8,178 new cases in the last 24 hours.

In response to the increase in coronavirus cases, the Austrian government imposed stricter restrictions on the non-vaccinated population affecting access to bars, restaurants, cultural or sporting events.

A recent negative Covid-19 test will no longer be enough for non-vaccinated people to access venues.

The WHO warned last week Europe has become the epicenter of the pandemic again, accounting for 59% of cases globally.  EFE


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