A coffin with the inscription “Biohazard Covid-19” can be seen on January 19 in a crematorium in Dülman. Rolf Vennenbernd / Photo Alliance / Getty Images

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the country’s disease control authority, Germany exceeded 50,000 Covid-19 deaths on Friday.

In the past 24 hours, Germany reported 859 new Covid-19-related deaths, bringing the total to 50,642. The RKI also recorded 17,862 new coronavirus infections, making a total of 2,106,262

According to the RKI, Germany has so far vaccinated 1,401,693 people – around 1.7% of its population. According to the federal states, 341,768 residents of nursing homes and around 468,814 medical staff were among the vaccinated.

Stricter measures: Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the Germans on Thursday to take the spread of the new, contagious variant of the coronavirus “very seriously”.

Earlier this week, Germany extended a nationwide lockdown until February 14 by introducing stricter rules, including requiring FFP2 masks in public spaces and obliging German companies to allow employees to stay from home by mid-March if possible work.

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