Coronavirus in Germany. New restrictions for unvaccinated, Angela Merkel on compulsory vaccinations

German authorities announced new restrictions for people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that such people would not be allowed to enter many public places, including shops and cultural events. Bans will not apply to those who have contracted COVID-19.

The German Chancellor appeared at a joint press conference with her successor, Olaf Scholz. The decision on further restrictions was made together with sixteen leaders of the German federal states. “We realized that the situation was very serious and that we wanted to take further measures in addition to those already in force,” said Merkel. “Culture and entertainment throughout the country will only be open to those who have been vaccinated or recovered,” emphasized the chancellor.

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She stated that “the number of infections has stabilized, but at a much too high level.” “The workload in hospitals comes to a tipping point in some cases,” said the Chancellor. She stated that today’s actions should be seen as an act of national solidarity. – Strict control of the rules will be enforced – she added.

Merkel on the possible date of compulsory vaccinations

The German chancellor also announced that a nationwide vaccination obligation may be imposed from February 2022 after the issue is debated in parliament. Merkel added that an ethics committee would deal with the preparation of the bill.

Angela MerkelPAP / EPA / FILIP SINGER / POOL

Merkel has always opposed mandatory vaccination, the BBC said, saying it was up to the government to convince citizens. However, when asked at the conference if she supported the issue now, she replied: – If I were a member of parliament, I would vote for it.

New restrictions in Germany

In line with the decisions of the federal and provincial governments, the 2G rule is to apply in cultural and entertainment facilities, which means that cinemas, theaters, restaurants and other facilities will be accessible only to vaccinated and cured persons (2G). Optionally, an up-to-date coronavirus test (2G-plus) can be additionally recommended.

Only vaccinated and cured people are allowed to visit the store. Establishments with articles of daily use (e.g. supermarkets and drugstores) are excluded from this rule. Unvaccinated people can now meet only two people from one other household. This also applies to private meetings.

During the events, the maximum number of participants is 50 inside and 200 outside. In both cases, 2G and masks are mandatory.

Stadiums can use 30 to 50 percent of their capacity, but the maximum number of spectators may not exceed 15,000. 2G or optional 2G-plus applies. “In countries with a high incidence of infections, events should be canceled if possible, and sporting events must take place without spectators,” reads the resolution. Indoor events with an occupancy of 30 to 50 percent and a maximum of five thousand spectators are also allowed.

Fighting the pandemic in GermanyEPAPAP / EPA / CLEMENS BILAN

Clubs and discos in the so-called Coronavirus hotspots, where the number of cases exceeds 350 per 100,000 inhabitants per week, will be closed. The sale of firecrackers and fireworks on New Year’s Eve will be prohibited this year, as in the previous year. There will be a ban on the use of fireworks in public places.

Pandemic situation in Germany

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported on Thursday that the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week was 439.2 in Germany. On Monday there was a peak of 452.4, on Tuesday and Wednesday the maturity was 452.2 and 442.9, respectively.

Health authorities reported 73,209 new infections to the RKI within 24 hours. That’s 2,500 less than a week ago. In addition, there have been 388 new deaths related to the coronavirus.

Germany is again nearing one million vaccinations for COVID-19 per day, ARD TV reported. According to data from the RKI, 987,046 doses of vaccines were administered on Wednesday. Of these, 95,344 are prime vaccinations, 69,005 are second vaccinations and 822,697 are booster vaccinations.

The previous record was set on June 9 when 1.4 million doses were administered. Fully vaccinated – no booster vaccination yet required for this status – is now 68.7 percent of the population and 79.3 percent of all adults over the age of 18.

In the future, dentists, pharmacists and nursing staff will also be able to vaccinate against the coronavirus.

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / FILIP SINGER / POOL

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