To date, only less than 68 percent of Germans have been fully vaccinated, while vaccination rates are lower in the eastern and southern regions of the country.
German leaders agreed on Thursday to take new measures to limit the movement of people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
And Agence France-Presse reported that they also decided to introduce compulsory vaccination for all workers in hospitals and nursing homes.
The prime ministers of 16 federal states and the current German chancellor, Angela Merkel, agreed on new measures in a virtual crisis meeting in order to stem the rapid increase in the number of new cases. The current Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister, Olaf Schulz, also participated in the video conference, which will likely replace Merkel at the head of the federal government in December.
Describing the current epidemiological situation in Germany as “extremely tragic,” said Merkel, who described the current epidemiological situation in Germany:
According to the chancellor, many of the current measures would not be implemented at all if there was a higher level of vaccination in Germany.
Only less than 68 percent of Germans have been fully vaccinated so far, while vaccination rates are even lower in regions in the east and south of the country, where there are currently record numbers of people infected and infected with the virus, according to Deutsche Welle. According to experts, the situation will improve when the vaccination level significantly exceeds 75 percent.
Just vaccinate and beat it
In the federal states, where more than three people out of every 100,000 people will be hospitalized due to the coronavirus, the so-called 2G rule. This means that only people who have been vaccinated or have already passed the virus have access to mass events such as cultural, sporting or other recreational events. Politicians want to push for the 2G rule to be applied to Bundesliga footballers as well.
Currently, there are fewer hospitalizations in only four of the 16 states: Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Saarland. 2G base was introduced in Saxony and Bavaria during the month of November.
The stricter 2G plus rule will be applied in areas where the number of patients exceeds six per 100,000 inhabitants. Only people who have been vaccinated with a negative coronavirus test will be able to participate in mass events.
If the number of people admitted to hospital exceeds nine per 100,000 inhabitants, stricter measures will be taken, such as limiting social contacts.
The Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, on Thursday approved, after an emotional debate, a bill that would create a new legal framework for additional restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus. The proposal was drafted by three parties currently negotiating a new federal government: the Social Democrats, the Greens, and the Liberals of the Free Democratic Party.
However, the proposal approved is not for Merkel’s conservatives, who say the proposed new legal framework is less effective than the current one, which expires on November 25. So the Conservatives threatened to vote against the proposal in a vote on Friday in Parliament’s upper house. In such a case, the proposal will not be passed, which will delay the implementation of measures approved by the regional chief minister on Thursday.
The proposal envisages the introduction of the 3G rule, according to which employees are required to prove their certificates with full vaccination, and to have overcome covidu or a negative test result when entering workplaces. The same rule should apply to public transportation. The proposal also establishes rules for working from home, as well as mandatory daily testing for all employees and visitors to social services homes, both vaccinated and unvaccinated.
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