Germany expands COVID-19 curb as infection threatens infrastructure

Berlin — Germany takes current pandemic measures on Monday after a government-appointed expert committee warned that the Omicron coronavirus variant could push Europe’s largest economic critical infrastructure to its limits. It was extended.

Prime Minister Olaf Scholz has decided to extend restrictions with the Federated State Prime Minister, such as limiting personal gatherings to 10 people, requiring proof of booster vaccinations and negative tests at restaurants. He said he agreed.

“Now it’s time to stay on the course,” Schortz said after the meeting on Monday.

Mr Scholz added that if the number of infections rises or falls sharply, the government will reconsider mitigating or strengthening measures.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said earlier this month that the wave of infection is expected to peak in mid-February.

Schortz and the Head of State also agreed to prioritize the use of the COVID-19 PCR test and enhance testing capacity to address the increase in infection. However, the subsidized PCR test applies only to vulnerable groups and staff in clinics and nursing homes.

In Berlin, the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days has reached 1,465, the second highest in Germany, to address parents who are worried about sending their children to the classroom amid rising infectious diseases. , Attendance at compulsory education will be suspended until the end of February. Said Mayor Franziska Giffy.

The next meeting with state leaders to discuss the potential of the coronavirus is scheduled for February 16, the Prime Minister said.