COVID-19 Cases In Germany Cross 90,000

Publish On: 06 Apr, 2020 09:55 AM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany climbed to 91,714 as of 0:00 local time on Sunday, with a death toll of 1,342, consistent with data from Koch Institute (RKI), the country's disease control authority.

The confirmed cases were 5,936 more than the previous day, reported Xinhua press agency.

Meanwhile, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) on Sunday called on the federal to introduce a second aid package to support the economy, as per the German news agency (DPA).

On 25 March, the German parliament approved a historic 750-billion-euro (US $810 billion) aid package to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.

DPA quoted DIHK President Eric Schweitzer as saying that the economy is suffering more from the pandemic than it had been in mid-March which "the chain reactions are increasing across the economy."

According to Schweitzer, a DIHK survey showed that nearly one in five businesses were threatened with bankruptcy, including previously healthy medium-sized businesses.

In several German cities, police have moved to enforce the social distancing rules as people went out to enjoy the spring outdoors over the weekend. German media Focus Online reported that security officers and police in Dusseldorf dissolved a crowd of around 200 people on the Rhine on Sunday so as to take care of the prescribed distance between people.

Also on Sunday, the web version of Frankfurter Allgemeine quoted Holger Hackstein, head of the department for transfusion medicine at University Hospital Erlangen, as saying that the hospital has received regulatory approval for the assembly of therapeutic plasma to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients.

The university clinic had already called on former COVID-19 patients to donate plasma over the past few days, consistent with the report.