Germany hits new daily virus record

BERLIN — Germany’s disease control centre is reporting a new daily record of coronavirus infections as the country nears the halfway point of new lockdown measures meant to slow the spread of the pandemic.

The Robert Koch Institute said yesterday Germany’s states reported 23,542 daily cases, slightly more than the previous record of 23,399.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to hold talks with state governors on Monday, the midway point into a series of measures the government called “lockdown light”.

Germany embarked November 2 on the four-week partial shutdown aimed at flattening a sharp rise in new infections. Restaurants, sports and leisure facilities have closed, but schools and nonessential shops remain open. Officials said it is still too early to tell whether the new measures are having the desired effect.

Merkel on Thursday warned Germans to expect “difficult winter months”. Health Minister Jens Spahn said nobody should be expecting to hold holiday parties with over 10 or 15 people.