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Coronavirus tears through German nursing home

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Twelve residents of a nursing home in northern Germany have died after being infected with the coronavirus.

Twelve residents of a nursing home in northern Germany have died after being infected with the coronavirus.

Authorities say the 12 residents of the home in Wolfsburg died since Monday, news agency dpa reported. Mayor Klaus Mohrs said several hadn't shown symptoms of COVID-19.

Local officials said 72 of the roughly 165 residents had been infected with the coronavirus, and they were separated from those who tested negative.

Another nursing home in the southern German city of Wuerzburg also has reported 12 deaths.

Germany has confirmed more than 56,000 infections with the coronavirus, including 403 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. That is a lower death rate than in many other countries.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-illness-devastates-german-nursing-home/9ee079a2-2fc5-4629-b18e-67263b2baf5c

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