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Germany's record death toll is "very worrying," says infectious disease institute chief

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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TOPSHOT - Employees move coffins with the lettering 'Corona' through the mourning hall before cremation at the crematorium in Meissen, eastern Germany on January 13, 2021, during the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. - Most of the deceased, who will be cremated here, have died of or with the coronavirus. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP) (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER/AFP via Getty Images)

The number of coronavirus fatalities in Germany is "very worrying," the head of the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases (RKI) said Thursday, as the country reported its highest single-day pandemic death toll of 1,244.

The number of coronavirus fatalities in Germany is "very worrying," the head of the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases (RKI) said Thursday, as the country reported its highest single-day pandemic death toll of 1,244.

New Covid-19 infections ''must reduce massively,'' Lothar Wieler told journalists in Berlin, adding that ''intensive care units have never been as exhausted as in recent days. ” There are now 5,200 patients being treated in German ICUs with 90% on ventilation.

On Thursday, Germany recorded 25,164 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total tally to 1,978,590, according to the latest RKI data.

A recent Covid-19 cluster in South Korea has been linked to a religious group gathering in North Gyeongsang Province, according to the country's Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

KDCA Deputy Director Kwon Joon-wook said a total of 713 people linked to the gathering at the BTJ Center for All Nations have tested positive for Covid-19.

South Korea has recorded a total of 70,728 Covid-19 cases as of Thursday, according to the KDCA.

Pope Francis has received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said on Thursday.

In a statement, Bruni said that he was “able to confirm that within the vaccine program of the Vatican City State, to this date the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus. ”

People who have recovered from Covid-19 may have immunity to the virus for around five months, according to preliminary findings in a new study led by Public Health England (PHE).

Pharmacists nationwide will have the capacity to administer 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine once supply is available, Steven Anderson, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Wednesday.

So far, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US has vaccinated only about 10 million people, and distributed just over 29 million doses of vaccine.

"America's retail pharmacies can easily administer 100 million vaccine doses in 30 days," the group said in a statement.

Two World Health Organization scientists en route to China to investigate the origins of the pandemic are stuck in Singapore after testing positive for Covid-19 antibodies, the UN agency said in a series of tweets Thursday.

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