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New winter restrictions unlikely, Lennart says

New winter restrictions unlikely, Lennart says

COVID-19

The government is stockpiling tests in case a new strain emerges, the health minister said, but expected no action would be needed if Omicron prevailed.

The government is stockpiling tests in case a new strain emerges, the health minister said, but expected no action would be needed if Omicron prevailed.

Health Minister Paulette Rennert

Photo credit: Anouk Antony/Luxembourg Wert

Health Minister Paulette Lenert said on Tuesday that Luxembourg will avoid the need for additional Covid-19 restrictions this fall and winter if the current low-fatality variant of Omicron spreads. He added that the government is stockpiling tests in case of an outbreak. new stock.

Responding to parliamentary questions from CSV opposition deputy leader Martin Hansen on Tuesday, Lennart said: “If the current Omicron variants continue to dominate in the fall, we probably don’t need to do much. would,” he said.

Viruses tend to spread more easily during the cold season when people gather.

This will allow Luxembourg to Take various pandemic measures in the last two winters, including curfews, proof of vaccinations, and wearing masks. According to Lenert, that seems an unlikely prospect at the moment.

However, if the current strain is replaced by a more lethal variant, measures will need to be taken, the health minister said.

This includes massive self-testing, where the government has procured 3 million rapid tests, and targeted testing in hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

Jean-Claude Schmidt, the government’s chief medical adviser, said in July that face masks must be returned and proof of vaccination must be shown. may be possible in this year.

Summer months without a significant rise in Covid rates prompted the government to announce it Shelves mandatory vaccination for people over 50.

People over the age of 60 can now receive a second booster shot, which is less risky for omicron and for health care workers who already have “good” immunity as a result of previous injections or infections. is not recommended.

But once a booster tailored to Omicron becomes available, it is “highly” likely that a second booster will be recommended for a wider population, including health care workers, Lennart added. It became the first country to approve the jab.

The new vaccine is expected to arrive in Luxembourg in September, said Luc Feller, the senior civil servant in charge of deployment. RTL last week. Luxembourg has ordered his 500,000 doses of Moderna’s jab and his 260,000 doses of injections from Pfizer and Biontech, which are expected to be delivered by the end of the year, Ferrer said.


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