Several federal states tighten corona rules – new protests
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – In several federal states, stricter corona regulations will take effect this Monday. Contacts in private and public life are being further restricted, especially in order to prepare against the highly contagious Omikron variant. Some federal states had already started this at Christmas, others are now following suit. From Monday, stricter rules will apply in Baden-Württemberg, Lower Saxony, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Other countries will follow on Tuesday. The federal and state governments had agreed on these measures.
Despite the recent drop in the number of cases, stricter protective precautions will apply throughout Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania from Monday. Cinemas, theaters, museums, the interior areas of zoos, swimming pools and other leisure facilities must remain closed across the board. So far, these restrictions have only applied in the middle and east of the country. However, since the corona traffic light for the country was red for several days and another wave of infections is expected with the Omikron variant, the state government had ordered the closings nationwide.
In Brandenburg, from Monday, there is an upper limit of ten people for people who have been vaccinated and recovered at least until January 11 for private indoor or outdoor meetings. If there is someone in a household without a corona vaccination, the existing rules remain unchanged: Only up to two people from another household are allowed to attend private meetings, children under 14 years are not counted. In Lower Saxony, too, only groups of up to ten vaccinated and recovered people are allowed to meet – not counting children. In Baden-Württemberg there will also be a curfew in restaurants from 10.30 p.m. to 5 a.m. from this Monday. On New Year’s Eve, curfew does not begin until 1:00 a.m.
In numerous German cities, opponents of Corona measures want to mobilize on Monday. Demonstrations have been registered in several cities in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Brandenburg as well as in Mannheim in Baden-Württemberg. On Christmas Day, several hundred people protested against Corona regulations in Berlin and Schweinfurt.
Vaccinations against the corona virus continued over the holidays in Germany. The federal government has now achieved its target of 30 million vaccinations set in mid-November by the end of the year, as Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) announced on Sunday. Around 147 million vaccine doses have been administered so far. The vaccination campaign officially started on December 27, 2020, and in isolated cases the vaccinations had started a day earlier.
According to the vaccination dashboard, 21.7 million people in Germany are currently still unvaccinated (26.2 percent of the population). Of these, 4 million are aged 0 to 4 years (4.8 percent of the population), for whom vaccines are not yet available.
In order to further advance the vaccination campaign, a general vaccination requirement is being discussed. There could be an initial debate in the Bundestag in January. A vaccination requirement for employees in clinics or nursing homes has already been decided. By March 15, all employees in these areas must provide evidence of a complete vaccination.
The designated CDU chairman Friedrich Merz suggested a step-by-step plan to include other groups in compulsory vaccinations. From Merz’s point of view, a general vaccination requirement raises a number of ethical, constitutional and organizational questions. They have to be clarified before a decision can be made, “he told the editorial network Germany (RND / Monday). but also the police, fire brigade and aid organizations. “Such an obligation could be imposed on them because from the very beginning of their work they entered into an obligation to serve this country,” emphasized the CDU politician./shy/DP/stk
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