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Germany set to determine COVID-19 limits after Christmas

Berlin: Germany announced on Tuesday new restrictions beginning to slow the spread of new Omicron variants. This rule does not reach a complete blockade, but it also includes restrictions on contact with vaccinated people.

“Anyone who doesn’t want to hear about coronaviruses, mutations, and new viral variants can understand,” Prime Minister Olav Schortz said at a press conference Tuesday night. “But we can’t and shouldn’t close our eyes on this next wave.”

Some of the new rules include limiting personal gatherings to 10 people, closing nightclubs across the country, and hosting large-scale events such as soccer games without a direct audience. .. Regulations will come into force nationwide on 28 December, but states can take action sooner.

Mr. Schortz decided to wait for the government to implement new national regulations until after Christmas, as family holidays such as Christmas and Easter are “not proven to be the main drivers of the pandemic.” Said. But he said restrictions on New Year’s celebrations are needed to prevent the German medical system from being overwhelmed by cases of COVID-19.

“This is no longer the time for big group parties and social gatherings,” Schortz said.

Schortz and 16 German governors agreed to the new restrictions at a meeting on Tuesday. A new government expert committee has called for action within a few days across the country as Omicron variants are competing across Europe.

Schortz and the Governor will meet again on January 7 to discuss whether measures should be continued or even strengthened.

Hours before the meeting, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention immediately launched a “maximum contact limit” on Twitter, continuing until mid-January, and Germans called for reducing vacation trips “to the absolute need.” rice field.

One state, Hamburg, has already moved on Tuesday to impose restrictions from Christmas Eve. Private meetings are limited to 10 people, dance events are banned and nightclubs are effectively closed. Restaurants and bars in the state must close at 11:00 pm except New Year’s Eve. Open until 1am on New Year’s Eve.

According to Scholz, the German government is also speeding up additional vaccine campaigns, leaving several vaccination centers open during the holidays to inoculate another 30 million vaccines by the end of January. I am aiming.

“Vaccination, vaccination, vaccination remains our goal,” Schortz said. “Coronavirus does not take Christmas holidays.”

However, authorities are dissatisfied with the fact that only 70.4% of the German population is fully vaccinated and 32.6% are boosted.

Infection rates in Germany are slowly declining so far. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 306.4 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days, down from 375 a week ago and 23,428 new daily cases.

However, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach warned that Germany is facing a “massive fifth wave” of infection because of Omicron. He says this cannot be practically prevented.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that those who have recovered or are fully vaccinated are currently at “high” risk of infection, but those who have been boosted are “moderate.” The risk of getting COVID-19 is “very high” for unvaccinated people.

https://www.siasat.com/germany-set-to-decide-on-post-christmas-covid-19-restrictions-2246213/ Germany set to determine COVID-19 limits after Christmas

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