New record cases in Germany as parliament passes new measures

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German health authorities posted a new record in coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours on Thursday as the head of the disease control body warned that the country faced a “serious emergency.” The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) put new infections at 65,371, surpassing the 60,000-mark for the first time. The seven-day incidence was 336.9 per 100,000 of the population, up from 249.1 a week ago and just 74.4 a month ago. “We are heading into a serious emergency. We will have an extremely unpleasant Christmas if we do not act to stop this,” RKI president Lothar Wieler said during an online dis…

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