Despite the high rates of infection with coronavirus, especially the omicron strain, and radical uncertainty, the German government passed an amended Infection Protection Act, repealing most nationwide antiquity rules. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach called the document “a difficult compromise.”
In a German government decree quoted by the German media, it was stated that from Sunday, March 20, the requirement to wear a protective mask will remain mandatory for local residents and tourists in public transport, as well as in hospitals and nursing homes, but in restaurants and shops it will no longer will be mandatory. The 3G rule about vaccinating against the virus, recovering or testing is also waived when traveling long distances.
In addition, the German authorities have also clarified that the obligation to comply with the 3G rule will no longer apply in workplaces. It was also clarified that for regional, so-called “hot spots”, additional restrictions could be introduced if the provincial parliament determines a particularly critical situation with the coronavirus for them.
However, the relief adopted throughout the country was criticized by the opposition Christian Democratic union, considering it inappropriate. Therefore, new changes were adopted considering a number of parties. According to Deutsche Welle, without the adoption of the new law, the restrictions imposed earlier by the country's authorities due to the coronavirus would have expired on Saturday.
“We cannot continue to fence off the entire country to protect a small group of those who do not want to be vaccinated,” Minister Lauterbach stressed.
A total of 18,287,986 cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported in Germany since the start of the pandemic , while during the same period, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 126.646 people who had a coronavirus infection died.
The same source revealed that over the past seven days, more than 1,530,320 cases of covid infection have been registered and more than 1,370 people have died.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), more than 294,000 cases were recorded in Germany on March 17 alone cases of infection. In this regard, the German Minister of Health stressed that the pandemic is “unfortunately not over yet”, adding that the country needs to maintain further protective measures.
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