Europe’s largest economy recorded 351 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 100,119, according to figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a public health agency, announced on Thursday.
The weekly incidence rate also hit an all-time high of 419.7 new infections per 100,000 people, RKI announced.
Germany weathered earlier bouts of the pandemic better than many other European countries but has seen a recent resurgence, with intensive care beds rapidly filling up.
The escalating health crisis poses an immediate challenge to the new coalition government set to take over from Angela Merkel’s cabinet next month.
The spike in Germany comes as Europe re-emerges as the pandemic’s epicentre, with the continent battling sluggish vaccine uptake in some nations, the highly contagious Delta variant, colder weather moving people indoors, and the easing of restrictions.
Last week, more than 2.5 million cases and nearly 30,000 COVID-related deaths were recorded in Europe, making it by far the region currently worst hit by the virus, according to a tally by AFP news agency.