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Dr. Hans Kluge called for countries to be "uncompromising" in their attempts to control the virus and said most of the Covid-19 spread is happening in homes, indoor spaces and communities not complying with protection measures. "These measures are meant to keep us all ahead of the curve and to flatten its course," Kluge said, while wearing a mask.
BERLIN (AFP) - Germany reported a huge jump in coronavirus cases on Thursday (Oct 22), with health experts warning of a "very serious" situation and regional disagreements hampering efforts to slow the spread. The country reported 11,287 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours - a large increase from the previous record of 7,830 last Friday. "The overall situation has become very serious," Dr Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) disease control centre, told a press conference. It is still possible to bring the virus under control through "systematic compliance with restrictive measures", Dr Wieler said. But he urged people to observe the rules and cautioned that an "uncontrolled" spread could be unavoidable in some regions. Germany was praised for managing to contain the virus earlier this year, even welcoming patients from other countries where health systems were buckling under the strain. Patchwork of rules The figures are still well below those of many other European countries, but Germany has been facing a steady increase in cases for several weeks. There are currently 964 virus patients in intensive care, 430 of them on respirators,