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Germany announces lockdown for unvaccinated people as new COVID spread

The rise in COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks and the arrival of the new omicron variant have prompted warnings from scientists and doctors that medical services in the country could become overstretched in the coming weeks unless drastic action is taken

Germany announced — on Thursday that people without the jab won’t be able to access non-essential shops, restaurants, places of culture or leisure.

The outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel who made the announcement stated that the parliament will debate the possibility of imposing a general vaccine mandate that would come into force as early as February.


“The situation in our country is serious,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin, calling the measure an “act of national solidarity.”

According to her, officials also agreed to require masks in schools, impose new limits on private meetings and aim for 30 million vaccinations by the end of the year.

They also confirmed that a draft law on mandatory vaccination, which Scholz supports, would be submitted to parliament for entry into force in February or March. About 68.7% of the population in Germany is fully vaccinated, far below the minimum of 75% the government is aiming for.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who is expected to be elected chancellor by a centre-left coalition next week, said on Tuesday that he backs a general vaccine mandate, but favours letting lawmakers vote according to their personal conscience rather than party lines on the matter.
The rise in COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks and the arrival of the new omicron variant have prompted warnings from scientists and doctors that medical services in the country could become overstretched in the coming weeks unless drastic action is taken.

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