A sign with the inscription, 'because of theft there is no refill', at a disinfection station at the University Hospital in Essen in Essen. FRIEDEMANN VOGEL-EPA-EFE-Shutterstock

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen by 2,705 within a day to reach 16,662, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said on Saturday.

It said a total of 47 people had died after testing positive, an increase of 16 from a tally of 31 published on Friday.

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