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Germany sets second consecutive daily coronavirus record

Pfc. Turner Donavon, of the 52nd Signal Battalion, takes customer forms from people waiting in line to be tested for the coronavirus on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, Oct. 14, 2020.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 16, 2020

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BERLIN — Germany has confirmed more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time, its second consecutive daily record.

The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s national disease control center, said early Friday that 7,334 new cases were confirmed in the previous 24 hours. That compares with 6,638 a day earlier.

Until this week, Germany’s highest recorded figure was nearly 6,300 in late March, though testing has expanded vastly since then. Figures tend to peak around the end of the week, but the latest reading underlines a sharp upward trend in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, the federal and state governments agreed to toughen mask-wearing rules and make bars close early in areas where infections are high.

Germany has confirmed more than 348,000 cases in total since the pandemic began, including 9,734 deaths — an increase of 24 compared with Thursday.