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New German coronavirus cases rise by more than 10,000 for first time: RKI

People wearing face masks are pictured at Schloss Strasse shopping street, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Berlin, Germany, October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by more than 10,000 in a single day for the first time, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.

The institute recorded 11,287 new cases in its daily update for a total of 392,049. The previous day’s increase was 7,595.

The reported death toll rose by 30 to 9,905, the tally showed.

While Germany’s infection rates are lower than in much of Europe, they have been accelerating rapidly since the onset of cooler weather, with politicians warning that stricter social distancing rules may be needed if the trend continues.

Health Minister Jens Spahn tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday.

(This story corrects day in 1st paragraph to Thursday not Tuesday, previous day’s cases in 2nd paragraph to 7,595 not 7,830)

Reporting by Berlin Newsroom; Editing by Christian Schmollinger