BERLIN

Germany’s coronavirus death toll neared 1,000 on Thursday, while total number of cases exceeded 80,000, according to statistics released by local authorities.

Die Zeit weekly, which compiles up-to-date numbers from nearly 400 local health authorities, reported that total deaths from coronavirus in Germany rose to 956 as of Thursday, and confirmed cases climbed to 80,120.

More than 13,000 people were reported to have recovered from the virus.

Meanwhile, German health authorities announced on Thursday significant progress in increasing number of beds in intensive care units, and their stock of ventilators.

Gerald Gass, the president of the German Hospital Federation,

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