‘a very, very difficult situation’
Germany on Thursday announced new restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, banning them from non-essential shops, cultural and entertainment venues, Related press report. The country’s parliament will also consider a general vaccine rule that could come into effect as early as February, in an effort to limit another COVID surge. beat District, CNN Write.
In one of the “her last act“As German chancellor, Angela Merkel announced the restrictions following talks with her successor Olaf Scholz and Germany’s 16 regional chancellors.
“Nationwide culture and entertainment will only be open to those who have been vaccinated or recovered”, Merkel speak Thursday. “We understand that the situation is very serious and we want to take additional measures beyond those already taken,” she added. Ms. Merkel also said officials had agreed “to require masks in schools, impose new limits on private meetings and set a target of 30 million vaccinations by the end of the year”, writing AP. Only people who have been vaccinated or have been infected before will be allowed into restaurants, theaters or non-essential shops, reports Bloomberg.
Scholz, who will be sworn in next week, said he hopes the vaccine mandate will be passed by parliament. Both he and Merkel support the measure. About 68.7 percent of the German population is fully immunized, according to AP.
“We’re in a very, very difficult situation,” Scholz said, Bloomberg. “We have a lot of citizens who have been vaccinated but not enough to prevent another wave of infections. The unvaccinated must do so, and that is my very urgent personal appeal. “
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