To get on public transport and go to work, it will be a requirement from next Thursday in the German country to be vaccinated, have a negative test in hand or have overcome the disease, while those not vaccinated will also be prohibited from access to bars and restaurants.
Despite its vaccination campaign, Germany is approaching its winter with records of daily infections and last Thursday it became the main focus of new infections in Europe and the second in the world, with 65,371 new daily infections, only behind USA. Although the number of hospitalized is below the one it had last December, according to official data.
In an attempt to stop the acceleration of this fourth wave, the German Parliament approved last Friday a series of measures that, although they do not stipulate a national quarantine, restrict the social activity of anti-vaccines.
The provision stipulates that from next Thursday, the unvaccinated will not be able to access public transport or attend work unless they present a negative test for Covid-19 or have overcome the disease.
While in states where there are more than 3 hospitalized for every 100,000 inhabitants, the unvaccinated will be prohibited from entering bars and restaurants, with the exception of the recovered. But in the States in which the hospitalization rate reaches 6, even those vaccinated and recovered will have to present a negative test to access the aforementioned spaces.
In most German states the index already exceeds 3 hospitalizations and in some like Bavaria it is even above 6, so the measure is already a fact.
The autonomous state of Bavaria went further and ordered from Monday a “de facto” quarantine for the unvaccinated, who will not be allowed to hold meetings of more than 5 people from two households. While all bars, clubs and restaurants will close until the middle of December.
Children under 12 years of age are excluded from these restrictions. “We are clearly in an emergency situation,” said German Health Minister Jens Spahn at a press conference. He warned that the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days increased fivefold in the last four weeks, standing at 336.6. Four weeks ago it was just 66.1.
MANDATORY VACCINATION. Although compulsory vaccination was not imposed at the national level, as happened in Austria, at the regional level some autonomous states, such as Berlin, did take the step, but only for staff in white and homes for the elderly who work with senior citizens. risk. While at the national level for this same group it was agreed in Parliament to require the submission of negative tests daily.
In addition, since last week, Germany restored the free antigen tests throughout the country. Every citizen has the right to one test per day.
67.9% of the country’s population, some 56,426,411 people, have already completed their vaccination schedule, some 5,199,713, 7.5%, received their booster dose, while 70.4%, some 58,507,255 people received their first dose, according to data from the German Institute of Infectious Diseases (RKI).
IT BEDS. But despite the records of infected, the number of patients in Intensive Care (IT) is still below the maximum reached last Christmas when 5,583 beds were occupied, 25% of those available. Currently, 3,431 Covid victims are cared for in IT, half of whom receive assisted respiration. This figure represents 15.3% of the available beds.
But only 2,455 beds are still available, the rest, 16,292, are occupied with people suffering from other ailments.
The new restrictions will come into effect on Thursday, November 25 and, at the request of the outgoing government, will be evaluated on December 9.
TRANSFER. The process of approval of the measures took place in the middle of the negotiations for the change of government in Germany, where in December the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz will assume as new chancellor.
“We are in a somewhat unusual situation (due to the change of government). But it does not matter whether it is the government in office or the one that is being formed. We have to act fast, “said Merkel, from the Christian Democracy party, last week.
Since the pandemic began, Covid has claimed the lives of 98,751 people in Germany, last Thursday another 207 died.