Germany recorded 590 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, its highest single-day total of the pandemic, according to the country's disease control and prevention center, the Robert Koch Institute.
Tuesday's figure represents a daily increase of 167 deaths from the day before. Germany’s previous high was 487 confirmed deaths, reported on Dec. 2, according to RKI.
Germany is struggling to contain a surge in new coronavirus infections. RKI reported 20,815 new cases on Wednesday, around 3,500 more than the same day of the previous week.
The total tally of Covid-19 infections in the country is now 1,218,524 and at least 19,932 people have died, the public health agency's data showed.
Tougher restrictions: Several German states will tighten lockdown measures to try to get the situation under control. The southeastern state of Saxony will go into what officials there call a “hard lockdown” next week, closing most shops and moving schools to online classes.