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German Hospitals Near Breaking Point With Cases Still Rising

  • ICU occupancy reaches highest level in more than a year
  • “Drastic reduction” of contacts needed, says RKI official
A sign reading 'Special hygiene measures - UK Mutant', in an intensive care unit in Freising, Germany. 

A sign reading 'Special hygiene measures - UK Mutant', in an intensive care unit in Freising, Germany. 

Photographer: Lennart Preiss/AFP/Getty Images

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Germany’s health-care system is getting stretched to the brink, with many hospitals overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients and rising case numbers pointing to tougher days ahead.

The occupancy rate in intensive-care units rose to 88% on Wednesday, the highest in more than a year, and remained near that level on Thursday.