Pedestrians wearing face masks are seen at a market in Munich, Germany, on Nov. 13, 2020. Germany on Friday reported a new record of 23,542 COVID-19 infections within one day, bringing the national tally to 751,095, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). (Photo by Kevin Voigt/Xinhua)
BERLIN, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Germany on Friday reported a new record of 23,542 COVID-19 infections within one day, bringing the national tally to 751,095, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
The number of deaths related to COVID-19 increased by 218 to a total of 12,200, said the RKI, the federal government agency for disease control and prevention.
Germany entered a month-long partial lockdown in November, during which stricter contact restrictions are imposed and restaurants and bars are closed.
Minister of Health Jens Spahn said that there would be a "long delay" between health measures being taken and infection numbers decreasing as a result.
In the next few days, it would become apparent if the partial lockdown would "make a difference," Spahn told the German public broadcaster ARD on Friday.
The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients who require intensive care treatment also continued to go up and increased to 3,186, according to the latest daily situation report by the RKI.
The COVID-19 situation in Germany is "still very serious," warned RKI President Lothar Wieler on Thursday. "We must be prepared for the situation to worsen in the coming weeks."
With 55 percent, a majority of German citizens believed that current restrictions would "effectively limit" the increase of infections in the country, according to a new survey published by German public broadcaster ZDF.
Next week, the German and federal state governments are scheduled to assess the country's COVID-19 situation as well as the restrictive measures, possibly extending the lockdown into December. Enditem