“Covid” is written on a coffin with a deceased person who died of the coronavirus. The coffins are in the church service room of the crematorium before the cremation in Saxony, Meißen, on January 8th. Robert Michael / Image Alliance / Getty Images

According to the State Center for Disease Control, more than 40,000 people in Germany have died of symptoms related to the novel coronavirus.

The daily record from the Robert Koch Institute showed an additional 465 deaths within 24 hours, bringing the country’s total death toll to 40,343.

The country also recorded 16,946 new infections over the same period, bringing the total to 1,908,527 cases.

Germany, which has been praised for tackling the first wave of the pandemic, reported the largest increase in deaths from Covid-19 in a 24-hour period on Friday. That took the country’s death toll by 1,188 within 24 hours.

The lockdown has been extended as cases rise: Earlier this week, the government extended the country’s national lockdown, originally planned to January 10, to the end of the month, while tightening restrictions on movement and contact to contain the spread of the virus.

Germany is driving the vaccine drive forward: Health Minister Jens Spahn announced on Saturday that half a million people across the country had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

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