Germany imposed restrictions on the unvaccinated on Thursday, in an attempt to stem a dramatic increase in daily infections by coronavirus, exacerbated by the discovery of the Omicron variant.
The outgoing Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and his successor, Olaf Scholz, agreed with the leaders of the 16 German states prohibit access for the unvaccinated to all but the most essential businesses, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and bakeries.
They also agreed to pass legislation in the national parliament to make vaccination mandatory.
look forward to avoid confinement that could derail a fragile recovery in Europe’s largest economy, will keep almost 69% of the population who is fully vaccinated in business, as well as those with proof of having recovered from the Covid-19.
“The situation is very serious,” Merkel said during a press conference with Scholz, who is expected to be elected chancellor by the Bundestag (lower house) next week.
The number of infections has stabilized, but at too high a level, “said Angela Merkel.
Merkel said I know ask an ethics committee to draft a bill to make vaccination mandatory and that the Bundestag will debate and vote on the measure no later than February.
Authorities fear that the fourth wave of Covid-19 will collapse intensive care units. On Thursday there were more than 73,000 new infections and 388 deaths.
Virologists blame the new outbreak on resistance to vaccination from a significant part of society and have criticized politicians for acting too late to stop the spread.