- The package reportedly includes limits on public life for non-vaccinated people in areas that exceed a certain threshold of hospital admission.
- Merkel said the country was also considering making vaccinations mandatory for hospital staff, and that free COVID testing would resume.
Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 heads of state agreed on Thursday a new package of measures to tackle the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as the infection rate heads toward a new record.
According to a Reuters translation, Merkel told a news conference, “If we are announcing more people to be vaccinated, then many measures will not be needed.”
The package reportedly includes limits on public life for non-vaccinated people in areas that exceed a certain threshold of hospital admission. Merkel said the country is also considering making vaccinations mandatory for hospital staff, and that free COVID testing would also resume.
Many states and cities have already implemented more COVID measures and require the public to show a COVID pass if a person has immunized status or if they have just recovered from the virus (widely known as “2 Also known as “ge rules”, as they refer to whether people accessing bars, restaurants and other public places such as movie theaters or museums are vaccinated – “geimpft” in German – or retrieved. , “Jensen”).
According to Germany’s Deutsche Welle news outlet, if more than three people per 100,000 residents suffer from the disease in an area, the 2G rule will apply to all public holiday events in a given state. According to Deutsche Welle, all states except Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Saarland are above that value.
Germany broke a new record on Thursday Reporting over 65,000 new casesHealth officials have warned that the true number of cases could be two or three times higher.
Merkel described the situation as “dramatic”.
“The fourth wave is hitting our country in full force,” Merkel said on Wednesday at an event for the Association of German Cities, according to a translation,
“The number of daily new infections is higher than ever… and the daily death rate is appalling,” she said, adding that it was not too late for anyone who had not already done so.
—CNBC’s Holly Elliott contributed to this article.