Coronavirus digest: Germany says high COVID incidence rate in children
15 October 2021 | 3:43 pm
In eight areas of Germany, the incidence rate has crossed 500 per 100,000 people in 10- to 19-year-olds, according to the Robert Koch Institute. Follow DW for the latest.
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