- Germany is set to take a decision on stricter COVID restrictions on Wednesday.
- Officials are considering more COVID regulations and even a complete or partial lockdown.
- As the Delta variant takes hold, Germany is reporting a record daily number of Covid cases and increasing pressure on hospitals.
- Health Minister Jens Spahn has already issued a stern warning to Germans this week.
Germany is set to decide on stricter COVID-19 restrictions and may even opt for a complete lockdown amid record daily infections and mounting pressure on hospitals.
The country’s health minister, Jens Spahn, has already issued a dire warning to Germans this week, saying that by the end of winter “everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured or dead.” Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the heads of Germany’s 16 federal states (which are largely free to determine their own COVID measures) by Wednesday to decide on tougher rules.
On Tuesday, Spahn reiterated that request, calling for more public places to be vaccinated, recently recovered, or who have tested negative – otherwise known as the “3rd rule.” Starting Wednesday, 3G rules apply to any German going to work or accessing public transport.
Several states in Germany have already restricted access to public places such as bars, restaurants, movie theaters and museums under “2G rules”, restricting access only to those known as “Gimpft” in German. ” – or has been recovered, “Jensen.” Several major German Christmas markets that have not been canceled this year have adopted 2G rules.
Last week, the government and the federal state agreed to further nationwide ban which will be applicable based on the rate of hospitalization in the respective federal state.
Spahn also warned of increasing pressure on hospitals in Germany, noting that “we have to move patients because intensive care units are full and it doesn’t just affect Covid-19 patients.” ,” he told Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio, according to a Reuters. translation.
The warning comes as the number of daily Covid infections hit a new record on Wednesday, with a seven-day incidence rate of 66,884 new cases (a huge number for Germany and a huge jump from the 45,326 new cases reported on Tuesday). 400 is passing. According to the Robert Koch Institute, for the first time since the pandemic began. So far in Germany, about one lakh people have died due to this virus.
It is also said that German authorities are considering compulsory vaccination, which has already asked people who have not yet been vaccinated to get a shot. The country has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe, with 68% of its population fully vaccinated.
Like other European countries, Germany is doing its best to promote the deployment of COVID vaccination and booster shots as winter approaches. But vaccine hesitancy and the spread of the highly infectious delta covid variant, which is far more virulent than previous strains, make the task more difficult.
The idea of compulsory vaccination has been a controversial idea in Europe, but the dramatic COVID scenario has sparked debate, and some officials believe that making vaccines mandatory is the only way to stop the virus.
COVID vaccines greatly reduce the risk of serious infection, hospitalization, and death from the virus, but we also know that vaccine immunity declines after about six months and they help reduce transmission by 100%. % does not take effect.
Experts say there are many ethical questions to consider when ordering a vaccine, but some countries have brushed off concerns in favor of an overall benefit from vaccination.
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Austria has already announced that it will make COVID vaccines mandatory from 1 February next year (it has just started a complete lockdown) and several countries (such as Italy and France) have made COVID-19 vaccines for frontline health workers. Vaccines have been made mandatory. The UK will follow suit in the spring of 2022.
German states have called for mandatory vaccinations for medical workers and health care workers, and the idea is being considered by the federal government, which previously refused mandatory vaccinations.
Some lawmakers are now calling for compulsory vaccination, reflecting the current level of concern over the COVID crisis in Germany.
“We have reached a point where we must clearly state that we need compulsory vaccinations and a no-vaccination lockdown,” said Tilman Kuban, head of the youth wing of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. Wrote in Die Welt newspaper on Sunday, noting that 90% of coronavirus patients in German intensive care beds are without vaccination.
Kuban, unconvinced, was bringing Germany “on the brink of desperation”, adding that “it cannot happen that the entire population is locked down every winter.”
In the backdrop of Germany’s Kovid crisis, ongoing political negotiations are going on to form a new coalition government. However, talks between the Social Democratic Party, the Greens and the Free Democratic Party are expected to end any time now and a coalition agreement is expected to be announced on Wednesday.