Coronavirus: Germany reports record cases at nearly 30,000
19 December 2020 | 1:00 pm
Germany has recorded nearly 30,000 new coronavirus cases and 598 new deaths over the past 24 hours. The COVID-19 infection rate has hit a record for the second day in a row.
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