Germany recorded its absolute record of new infections on Thursday. On November 18, almost 65,000 were detected. new cases of COVID-19. This is the second day in a row with a result of over 60 thousand. The average for the last two weeks is already 39 thousand. infections and 172 deaths from the coronavirus. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Germany approaches 100,000.
Germany is considering a full lockdown
On Friday, Jens Spahn, Germany’s acting health minister, said the situation was so dramatic that a full lockdown was under consideration.
Despite the alarmist tone, it must be said that we are in a situation in which we cannot exclude anything
– Spahn said, quoted by Reuters. He added that the restrictions may also apply to vaccinated persons.
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Already on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that in regions where hospitals are overcrowded with covid patients, a large part of public life will be limited and available only to the vaccinated and recovering.
Germany may be the second European country to implement a lockdown.
Austria with a lockdown and vaccination obligation
Since Monday, Austria has a lockdown for people who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Austrians who have not received two doses of the vaccine or are not convalescent may leave their place of residence only to purchase the necessary supplies. In addition, medical appointments and physical activity will be allowed.
The full lockdown, also for the vaccinated, will enter into force in Austria on Monday, November 22. It will initially be introduced for 10 days, but may be extended to a maximum of 20 days.
In addition, it is also the first country in the EU to introduce mandatory vaccination. It will start on February 1, 2022.