Germany and Greece impose new restrictions on unvaccinated people

German and Greek officials have set new restrictions on those who have not opted for vaccination with the CCP virus and have asked officials in several other countries around the world to support different policies depending on the vaccination situation. Joined the.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that only vaccinated people or those who have recovered from COVID-19 will have access to public, cultural and sporting events and restaurants where hospitalization rates exceed certain thresholds. Stated.

She said this move was needed to combat the “very worrisome” fourth wave of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, which is currently burdening hospitals.

She added that the federal government is considering mandating vaccines for care and hospital staff.

“If more people were vaccinated, many of the measures currently needed would not have been necessary,” Merkel said. “And now it’s never too late to get vaccinated.”

Meanwhile, German parliamentarians approved the new measure on Thursday. This means that if approved by the national parliament, it is necessary to prove that the employee has been vaccinated, has recently recovered from COVID-19, or has a negative virus test. To do. Access public transportation at work.

The head of the German disease control agency warned that the country could face a “really terrible Christmas”.

“We are now facing a serious emergency,” Lothar Wieler, director of the Robert Koch Institute, said in an online debate late Wednesday. “If we don’t take action now, it will be a really terrible Christmas.”

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An employee of a store checks the vaccination certificate of a COVID-19 customer in Athens, Greece, on November 6, 2021. (SteliosMisinas / Reuters)

In Greece, unvaccinated people are blocked from accessing certain indoor spaces, even if they test negative for COVID-19. Venue includes restaurant, cinema, museum and gym. At the beginning of the month, unvaccinated people had access to most venues, even if the test was negative.

The new rules allow worshipers to attend church even if they test negative for the CCP virus.

Prime Minister Kiriacos Mitsutakis told the country to be “vaccinated” in a television speech, claiming that the CCP virus pandemic was one of the “unvaccinated” ones.

“Greece mourns unnecessary losses because it does not have vaccination rates for other European countries,” Mitsutakis said. In Greece, 62% of the population is fully vaccinated.

The new Greek rule also means that the vaccination certificate will expire 7 months after the date of issuance in order for people over the age of 60 to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have limited public life for unvaccinated people this week as cases of the CCP virus increase across Europe.

Austria has imposed a blockade for unvaccinated people who are allowed to leave their homes to buy groceries for work or medical reasons.

In the Czech Republic, only those who have been vaccinated in the last 6 months or who have recovered from COVID-19 can participate in various venues and events. Slovakia Similar measures were taken.Both governments also demand COVID– –19 test at work.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Mimi Nguyen Lee


Mimi Nguyen Ly is a global news reporter based in Australia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in optometry and visual science. Contact her at [email protected]