An employee of the crematorium put a “Corona” marker on a coffin in Dachsenhausen on January 22nd. Thomas Frey / Image Alliance / Getty Images

According to official information, more than 70,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Germany.

The state’s authority for disease control and prevention, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), recorded 4,732 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours on Monday, bringing the total number of infections to 2,447,068.

The RKI also reported 60 additional deaths, bringing the total death toll to 70,105. The numbers recorded are always low on weekends because not that many people are being tested.

In the meantime, the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder has also warned that new variants of the corona virus will take over power.

The mutations are starting to dominate, ”he said at a press conference on Monday morning.

Soeder also warned of coronavirus hotspots on the German border with the Czech Republic.

“Corona[virus] will keep us busy for the next few months, make no mistake, ”said Soeder.

The Bavarian head of state said more vaccinations and more tests were needed. Soeder also asked general practitioners as well as company and factory doctors to start vaccinating.

According to the RKI, the seven-day incidence rate in Germany has risen to 65.8 – this corresponds to the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The goal is to reach an incidence rate of 35 before the restrictions are lifted.

Soeder spoke ahead of the meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of the federal states on Wednesday, when the next steps of the pandemic restrictions are being discussed.

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