Before leaving office in a week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel imposed in the last hours a virtual confinement to the unvaccinated, who represent a third of the country’s population, given the advance of the new Covid-19 Omicron mutation.
In this way, Germans who are not protected against the coronavirus will only be able to access essential shops, such as pharmacies and supermarkets, to buy basic necessities. But They will not be able to go to restaurants, theaters, sporting and cultural events, or museums.
What measures will be in force in Germany before the mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus is decreed
The measures ordered by the German government were agreed in a conference of presiding ministers of the ‘Länder’ with the outgoing Chancellor and his future successor, the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz. Not only do they limit the unvaccinated to essential businesses, they are also socially isolated.
For example, the contacts will be reduced to the family nucleus itself or coexistence and two other people from another “bubble”. Minors under 14 years of age are excluded from this provision. The measure is already applied in Berlin and other federal states.
But there is more: the unvaccinated must undergo a daily test to go to work and even to access public transport. Masks will also be required in schools and new limits will be placed on private gatherings.
This was one of the last measures announced by Merkel before leaving power. His 16 years of management will end next Wednesday with the investiture of the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, the vice chancellor of his last grand coalition.
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Merkel said the initiatives are necessary amid growing concern of a hospital collapse. “The situation in our country is serious “, he alerted.
When will coronavirus vaccination be mandatory in Germany
Meanwhile, Parliament will study a general vaccination order as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19
Merkel supported the proposal and said that Parliament will consider the recommendation of the national ethics panel made in that regard. If approved, the measure could take effect next February.
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Scholz, who will succeed Merkel next week, backed the vaccination order amid growing alarm over the outbreak of the new coronavirus mutation Ómicron.
The pandemic has caused more than 100,000 dead and registers a cumulative incidence in seven days of 429 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.