Germany reported its highest number of daily infections since spring on Friday with 2,673 new cases, according to the national agency for disease and control, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
This brings the country’s tally to 294,395 cases since the start of the outbreak. The death toll rose by eight, bringing the total to 9,508.
Infections peaked in Germany at the end of March through the beginning of April with the country seeing more than 6,000 cases a day — after which the confirmed daily cases fell significantly.
The number of coronavirus infections has been climbing again since the end of July.
Rise in hospital admissions: The latest RKI report showed an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients at intensive care wards. It showed that out of the 360 infected patients in intensive care wards, 193 are on ventilators. A week before there were 296 in intensive care, and 166 were on ventilators.
More restrictions: Earlier this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that based on the current rate of infection, Germany could see more than 19,000 daily cases by the end of 2020.
Following an emergency meeting with Germany’s 16 state premiers on Tuesday, Merkel introduced new coronavirus measures in hotspot areas. This include private parties having a limit of 25 people, while parties held in public spaces are now limited to 50 people.