Germany wary of reopening as England prepares to lift COVID restrictions
German officials said on Tuesday (July 13) that coronavirus measures should be maintained until more of the population is vaccinated, and one called out England’s plan to lift most of the restrictions despite the spread of the Delta variant “a very risky experience”, written Maria sheahan.
England will become from July 19 the first part of the United Kingdom to lift the legal obligation to wear masks and to distance itself socially.
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said restrictions on coronaviruses were still needed to avoid another lockdown of the economy.
“We would all be well advised to take the necessary security measures,” said Altmaier Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper in an interview published Tuesday, adding that he was concerned about the relaxation of discipline regarding social distancing and mask wearing.
Germany reported 646 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, up from 440 a week ago, with an increase in the number of cases per 100,000 people over seven days to 6.4 from 4.9.
A decision by France to make vaccinations mandatory for all healthcare workers has sparked debate in Germany over whether people in certain professions should be forced to get vaccinated. Read more.
Alena Buyx, president of the German Ethics Council, said compulsory vaccinations were not necessary in Germany.
“We have much better vaccination rates among health workers than in France,” she told ZDF television. “I believe we don’t need to consider this.”
But she added that the restrictions should not be relaxed until even half of the population is fully vaccinated, describing England’s decision to lift almost all remaining restrictions on coronaviruses as a “very risky experiment. “.
The UK is ahead of most other countries with its vaccination campaign, having now given two injections to around two-thirds of its adult population. Germany has fully vaccinated 43% of its total population.
However, in Britain as well, July 19, once referred to as ‘Freedom Day’, is now being treated with caution by ministers after a further increase in cases and fears there may be as many as 100,000. new infections daily during the summer. Read more.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte conceded on Monday that coronavirus restrictions were lifted too early in the Netherlands, which borders Germany, and he apologized as infections reached their highest level in the world. year. Read more.
Markus Soeder, prime minister of the state of Bavaria in southern Germany, called for a new push to vaccinate as many people as possible, especially young people between the ages of 12 and 30, for example with ” take-home immunizations ”or in-car immunization options.
“Nothing but vaccinations will help,” he told Deutschlandfunk.