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Germany Covid panic: Merkel weighs up ‘mega lockdown’ as nation suffers deadliest-ever day
January 14, 2021
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On Thursday, Germany recorded its highest-ever total of COVID-19 deaths, with 1,244 people succumbing to the disease. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) also reported a further 25,164 new coronavirus cases in the latest 24 hour period. Following the sharp rise, the German Chancellor is understood to be considering a “mega-lockdown”, German tabloid newspaper Bild reports.
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Drastic measures being discussed, include the closing down of public transport networks at a local and national level.
The death toll in the past 24 hour period surpassed the previous record of 1,118 set on January, 8.
The current coronavirus restrictions vary across the 16 German states and are not imposed at a national level.
Limits have been placed on the number of social contacts a person should have and people are advised against travelling.
In regions with the highest number of coronavirus cases, schools have been closed.