BERLIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) speaks with Vice Chancellor and Federal minister of Finance Olaf Scholz.
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The Covid-19 crisis in Germany continues to shake up the nation with the grim news on Thursday that the total number of The death toll is now over 100,000.
The countries new incoming coalition government opposes a lockdown, for now though.
Germany reported a huge number of new Covid cases on Thursday, with over 75,000 new infections in the last 24 hours (and up from 66,884 on Wednesday), while the death toll has now reached 100,119 after 351 more people died of the virus the previous day.
Government officials have watched rising cases with alarm for weeks now, and outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel is reportedly pushing for for a two-week lockdown during a meeting on Tuesday with the incoming of the country coalition government.
According to the newspaper Bild, the new government alliance of the left- leaning social democrats and greens and the pro-business Free Democrats pushed back against the idea, preference instead wait of stricter Covid restrictions announced last week would work until help lower infections.
While Merkel had proposed a lockdown, begin on Thursday, die would have seen shops, bars and restaurants are closing, the idea was rejected by the incoming government who said it would have been interpreted by the public like a “bad politics trick” by the old and new government, Bild reported Wednesday.
(From L to R) Christian Lindner of the German Free Democrats (FDP), Olaf Scholz of the German Social Democrats (SPD and Annalene Baerbock and Robert Habeck of the Greens pose after the presentation of their mutually agreed on coalition contract met the media on November 24, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.
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After the coalition’s deal and policy ambitions were announced On Wednesday, Scholz indicated that the Covid crisis was an immediate priority for the government. He started a news conference die the . announces coalition deal by saying that the virus situation in Germany meant it and that the country would expand its vaccination campaign, including mandatory vaccines for some people.
“Vaccination is the way out of this pandemic. In institutions where vulnerable groups are cared for for, we should vaccination mandatory,” Scholz said, without providing further details.
Meanwhile, the incoming minister of Finance, Christian Lindner, that Germans should avoid all unnecessary contact this winter “to keep everything of our health in this pandemic.”
Germany has already tightened Covid rules in the middle of the latest fourth wave of cases in the country.
many states in Germany has already limited access until public spaces like bars, restaurants, movie theaters and museums under “2G rules, “restrictive” access on only die who have been vaccinated — “impfted” in German – of restored, ‘healed’. A number of major German Christmas markets die have not been canceled this year year to have also adopted 2G rules.
On Wednesday, new measures came in force imposing “3G” rules on public transport anyone going to a workplace, which means more public spaces are limited to the vaccinated, the recently recovered of the ones die a negative test (“tested”).
If Germany chooses for mandatory vaccinations in some settings, it will not first to do that. The UK, France and Italy are among the countries die have adopted a mandatory vaccination (of going to enter) for some sectors, such as healthcare of care home workers.
Still, mandatory vaccinations are a thorny subject and have many ethical considerations, and Germany could take a nudge in can expect the back against the move, like others countries have done.
Germany has tried to encourage voluntary use of are under the Covid vaccination population yet it has one of the lower Covid vaccinations in Western Europe, with 68.1% of to be population fully vaccinated.
Vaccine hesitation, the coming winter season and the spread of the highly contagious delta Covid variant, die far is more virulent than previous strains, this time makes it much more difficult to spread the virus in to checkers for Germany, a widely acclaimed country for the first treatment of the pandemic.
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