Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Germany is under pressure for a second lockdown before Christmas after recording 585 deaths and 29,875 new infections in one day. This is the highest one-day toll since the start of the pandemic.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that it was agreed together with the country's 16 state governors that the partial shutdown would be extended well into December in an effort to further reduce the rate of COVID-19 infections ahead of the Christmas period.
"The contact" between people "is too high, the reduction in the amount of contact is insufficient," the German Chancellor told the federal parliament.
Merkel supported proposals aiming at the closure of all non-food shops and schools, between Christmas and mid-January at the latest. Germany's national academy of sciences has called for restrictions to be stepped up.
Russian authorities also registered a record number of 507 deaths on Wednesday, which narrowly beat the previous record of 491 set just the day before and brought the total death toll to 37,538.
More than 23,700 new infections were also confirmed, bringing the country's caseload to over 2.1 million which is the fifth highest in the world.