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Europe's Covid crisis deepens as Germany shatters death records and London hospital beds run low

January 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 07: A medical worker prepares to take a nose swab sample from a young man for a Covid-19 test at the KitKat Club nightclub, which is currently otherwise closed due to the pandemic, during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic on January 07, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Germany's federal and state authorities have agreed on a plan to extend the current lockdown past January 10 at least until the end of the month and to also limit movements of people who live in regions with a 7-day infection rate of 200 per 100,000 or higher. Authorities are seeking to bring down daily infection and death rates that have remained stubbornly high despite the current lockdown, which has been in place since December 1. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Europe slid further into crisis Friday as countries faced overwhelming numbers of Covid-19 cases and fatalities. Germany recorded hits highest daily death toll yet, London is running low on hospital beds, and cases in Ireland have skyrocketed.

British health officials are also scrambling to cope with the new variant of the virus that was first detected in the country, as it spreads through the public.

The coronavirus crisis is also deepening in Ireland, where health officials said they were deeply concerned about a sharp spike in cases, with 6,521 infections recorded on Thursday alone.

Tony Holohan, the country's chief medical officer, said that more than 44,000 new infections had been recorded in Ireland over the past two weeks, according to RTE -- roughly a third of all confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

raise alarm: without increased control to slow its spread, there will be an increased impact on already stressed and pressurized health facilities," WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said Thursday.

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