Germany reports new daily record for COVID-19 infections

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Germany reported another record number of daily new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, crossing the 200,000 threshold for the first time, as the country debates whether to impose compulsory vaccinations.

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The Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases reported 203,136 positive tests in the last 24 hours, 69,600 cases more than the same day a week ago.

The seven-day incidence per 100,000 people rose to 1,017 from 941 the previous day, as another 188 people died, bringing the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 117,314.

German lawmakers debated on Wednesday whether to impose compulsory COVID-19 shots, while protesters gathered outside the parliament building.

Around 75% of the German population have received at least one dose of a vaccine - less than in western European peers, such as France, Italy or Spain, where the equivalent figures are 80%, 83% and 86%.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz backs compulsory vaccines for over-18s, but his coalition government is divided on the issue and he has told lawmakers to vote according to their conscience.

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