GERMANY is set to ban unvaccinated people from shops, pubs and restaurants in so-called “unvaccinated wards”.
The draconian measures come as Germany faces a record number of infections amid its fourth wave of Covid, with intensive care units set to reach capacity by Christmas.
Under the emergency plan – the harshest yet to be applied in Europe – there will be a comprehensive ban on entry to bars, restaurants, theaters and cinemas for anyone who has not been vaccinated or recovered from Covid.
Unvaccinated people will also be banned from Christmas markets and non-essential shops and can only socialize with a limited number of people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the measures were necessary because of concerns that hospitals could become overwhelmed with people with Covid-19 infections, which are more likely to be severe in unvaccinated people. .
“We understand that the situation is very serious and we want to take additional measures beyond those already taken,” she told reporters.
“For this to happen, the fourth wave has to be broken and this has not yet been achieved.”
It comes after the discovery of a new Omicron variant, which was first reported by South Africa to the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 24, and has spread rapidly around the world.
It is feared that Omicron could cause more than half of Covid-19 cases in Europe in the “next few months”.
More than two dozen countries and territories have now detected cases, extending to India on Thursday and the United States on Wednesday, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic since it began. first appeared almost two years ago.
WHO has warned that it could take weeks to discover whether Omicron is more transmissible and whether it causes more severe disease – as well as current treatments and vaccines against how effective it is.
But its discovery and spread represent a new challenge to global efforts to combat the pandemic, with some countries already reimposing restrictions that many had hoped have become. past.
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