The outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state prime ministers on Thursday agreed on An new package of measures to tackle a fourth wave of the corona pandemic, as infection rates rise to a record.
“A lot of of the measurements die we announce would not be necessary if: more people were vaccinated,” Merkel told a news conference, according to a Reuters translation.
The package reportedly contains a limit on public life for the unvaccinated in areas die a particular threshold of hospital admissions. Merkel said the country… also considering making it mandatory for hospital staff should be vaccinated, and free Covid testing does also resumed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she sits down for a weekly cabinet meeting in the Chancellery in Berlin.
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Several states and cities have already imposed more measures and have required the public until show Covid passes, die have a person’s vaccination status of if she just recovered from the virus (also commonly known as “2G rules” as they refer to of people have been vaccinated — “impfted” in German – of restored, “healed”) in order to access bars, restaurants and others public locations like movie theaters of museums.
According to the German Deutsche Welle news socket, if more than 3 per 100,000 inhabitants in An region are included in the hospital with the disease, then the 2G rule will apply for all public leisure events in a particular state. All states except Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Saarland are above it, according to Deutsche Welle.
Germany shattered a record on Thursday, reporting more than 65,000 new cases, with health officials warning that the true number of cases there can be two of three are times as much as.
Merkel called the situation “dramatic”.
“The fourth wave hits our country” with full forceMerkel said to a… event for the association of German cities on Wednesday, according to a translation.
“The number of daily new infections is higher than ever before … and the daily death toll is also frightening,” she said, adding that it wasn’t too late to take up a Covid vaccine for anyone who did not have already so done.
— CNBC’s Holly Ellyatt contributed to this article.
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