Berlin, Mar 23: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany crossed 4,000 and reached 22,672, on Monday with the death toll now standing at 86, a rise from 55 on Sunday, according to the Robert Koch Institute, which is in charge of the official count. According to the official data, the largest numbers of cases were recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia (5,615), Bavaria (4,892) and Baden-Württemberg (3,811), while Berlin accounted for 1,077 cases, Sputnik said in a report.
Koch Institute, however, warned that the real number was in all likelihood much higher, in part because some regional health authorities had not submitted their figures. Some reports put the number of dead at just over 100 and number of confirmed cases at 25,000. In the midst of all this Germany on Monday announced new measures aimed at slowing down the spread of the virus, in order to keep it under manageable limits.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who herself has gone into self-quarantine after being treated by a doctor who had been exposed to a person who had tested positive for COVID-19 said, that gatherings of more than two people - outside of family members and those living together - will be banned in public to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a report by De Local.
The new restrictions were agreed on by Merkel and the leaders of Germany's 16 states in a telephone conference on Sunday. (UNI)