Merkel, German states consider tougher COVID-measures

Germany’s federal government and states are considering new measures to slow the rise in COVID-19 infections in the country.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of Germany’s 16 states are expected to meet on Monday and discuss the new measures, which reportedly include reducing the number of people at household gatherings and compulsory mask wearing for school students.

“Further efforts are needed. We have four difficult winter months ahead of us before hopefully seasonal effects and the start of vaccinations will allow us to gradually overcome the pandemic”, a draft document of the measures said.

According to the proposals, private gatherings in public will only be possible of people from one household with two people from another household. While bars and restaurants are closed under the current measures, schools and shops are open. Under the new measures, all students will have to wear masks, and all classes will be halved.

The country has recorded 520,000 COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic, but the numbers spiked by 50% to 780,000 cases in the first two weeks of November. In the same period, the number of intensive care patients increased by 70%.

Merkel and the regional state heads will meet again next week and possibly decide further measures.

News by NewEurope

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