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Germany considers more restrictions due to COVID-19 while US advises against travel to country

U.S.A.Germany considers more restrictions due to COVID-19 while US...

A poster on the “2G” rule, which limits access to Christmas markets to only those who have been vaccinated or cured of the COVID-19 disease, in Cologne, Germany, on November 22, 2021. REUTERS / Thilo Schmuelgen

BERLIN, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Germany’s health minister on Tuesday called for more restrictions to stem a “dramatic” increase in coronavirus cases in his region, where the incidence rate reached a record, before which the United States had advised against travel to the country. ,

Germany’s incidence rate over the past seven days – the number of infected people per 100,000 residents in the past week – reached 399.8 on Tuesday, compared to 386.5 on Monday, according to the institute’s data. Robert Koch (RKI) for Infectious Diseases.

The German Health Minister, Jens Spahn, asked that attendance in public places be restricted to those who have been vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19 and who, in addition, tested negative for the disease. This is the fourth wave of the virus in Germany in an attempt to stop it.

Spahn did not rule out the possibility of imposing a lockdown, although he said it would be decided from region to region. Some federal states, such as the worst-affected Saxony and Bavaria, are already taking measures such as canceling Christmas markets.

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“Not only is the situation dire, in some areas of Germany it is now more dramatic,” Spahn told German radio. “We have to move patients because intensive care units are full and it doesn’t only affect COVID-19 patients.”

Faced with Germany’s concern over the supply of the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine, the company pushed the delivery of one million doses initially scheduled for December, Spahn informed those responsible for the health ministry on Monday, according to two official sources. did.

This will allow 3 million doses to be delivered next week instead of 2 million, at a time when the population is struggling to receive booster doses before appointments at vaccination centers are sold out.

Sources said it is yet to be decided whether this will affect the total number of vaccines allocated to Germany for the rest of the year.

Rising cases in Germany and neighboring Denmark prompted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday to advise against travel to both countries, raising its travel recommendation to “level four: very high”.

(Reporting by Andreas Rinke, Riham Alkhausa and Sarah Marsh; Editing by Raisa Kasolowski; Translated by Jose Muoz in Gdask Newsroom)

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