German officials said six people had beaten and hospitalized a 17-year-old girl who apparently refused to wear a face mask on a Berlin train.
The girl told police that the conflict had escalated after telling police not to wear a mask in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg. Said Daiwelt. The unidentified girl was traveling with her friend and was told that wearing her mask was a legal requirement, officials told the paper.
Police said the girl got off the train and three men and three women attacked, beaten, kicked, and tore a piece of her hair. She was later hospitalized as a result of an injury, officials said.
Police officers subsequently detained three men aged 42, 44, and 51 in connection with the incident. Said Local outlet. The three men denied the claim.
Authorities told Die Welt that some of the men were drunk. They also found a drug in one of the suspects.
Police are investigating three women allegedly involved in the attack.
No other details were provided regarding the case, including the name of the male suspect.
Germany’s COVID-19 restrictions include the obligation that travelers “must wear medical care or FFP” [filtering face piece] Public transport mask “. You will also need to have a passport for the COVID-19 vaccine or present evidence of recovery from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. according to To the German health authorities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also requires travelers on public transport such as trains, planes, and buses to wear masks. Despite the sharp decline in COVID-19 cases in almost all states, it is not clear when federal authorities will decide to relax such restrictions.
German lawmakers are currently pushing for a bill mandating vaccination against COVID-19, which faces resistance from politicians as well as the average German. Nearby Austria recently passed a law requiring everyone over the age of 18 to be vaccinated or face heavy fines.
But on Monday, Bavaria, Germany announcement According to the state’s prime minister, Markus Soder, from mid-March it will not impose CCP virus vaccine obligations on nursing staff in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
“Vaccine obligations [health care] The agency, which was scheduled to come from March 15, is no longer an effective means of accompanying, suppressing, or blocking the current Omicron wave, “Soda said. “It only leads to problems. Unfortunately there is no solution,” he said.