Germany impose one-month partial lockdown to curb COVID-19

Germany impose one-month partial lockdown to curb COVID-19

In Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany’s state premiers has announced Wednesday a new partial lockdown to kick start on Monday, November 2.

The nationwide “lockdown light” is a lesser measure compared to first version of the measures that brought German society and economic activity to a standstill in the spring and lead to toilet paper scarcity.

French President Emmanuel Macron also announced a new lockdown across France.

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New restrictions in Germany starting from November specifies that:

  • Restaurants and bars will close, except for take-away
  • Large events will be canceled again
  • Unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged 
  • Overnight stays in hotels for tourist purposes is banned 
  • All those who can work from home should do so and employers should ease a transition into working from home 
  • Meetings in public will be restricted to just two households of up to 10 people total.
  • Entertainment facilities such as theaters and cinemas will be closed
  • Public recreation centers such as swimming pools, gyms and saunas will be closed
  • No crowds at sports events

However the following institutions below can still function:

  • Schools and kindergartens will remain open
  • Church services and protests will be allowed to continue due to constitutional concerns
  • Nursing home residents will be allowed to receive visitors
  • Shops will remain open, with one customer allowed per 10 square meters (108 square feet)
  • Borders remain open

Merkel said in a press conference: “We are in a very serious situation.”

“We must act, and now, to avoid an acute national health emergency.”

She revealed that the number of people in intensive care units in Germany has doubled in the past 10 days, and that in many areas it was no longer possible to track and trace infection chains. In 75% of cases, the source of infection is unknown.

“If infections continue at this rate, we will be at the limits of the capacities of our health system,” she said.

“That is why this is a difficult day today, also for political decision-makers, I want to say this explicitly because we know what we are putting people through,” she added.

State and federal leaders will be meeting again in two weeks to assess if the new Virus prevention measures are effective.

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