The Germans tightened their measures just a pinch

German Chancellor Angela Merkel today agreed with the prime ministers of the German states to extend measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus until at least 14 February.


There will no longer be enough washing masks in public transport and shops.

As she reasoned tonight Merkel, measures should be intensified due to a mutated strain of the new coronavirus. “We need to act now,” she said after meeting with the prime ministers of the provincial governments. If measures are not tightened now, this will be reflected in higher numbers of new infections, she added. But in practice they have tightened almost nothing. For the most part, they have already extended the already strict restrictive measures. They are most afraid of the supposedly more contagious strain, which was first discovered in the UK, and a few individual cases have been discovered in Germany so far.

According to the government’s proposal, which Merkel talked about with the prime ministers of 16 federal states, the rules regarding the wearing of protective masks have been tightened. Thus, from now on, surgical masks or masks of the FFP2 or KN95 / N95 standard, which provide greater protection than other, ordinary masks, will have to be worn in public transport, shops and bars.

They are also expected to increase pressure on employers to allow employees to work from home. At the same time, they will also urge employees to make greater use of this opportunity. In this way, they would reduce contacts not only at work, but also on the way to work, ie in public transport, they argued.

Schools remain closed

They also spent a lot of time talking to schools. In the end, they agreed that the schools would remain closed until February 14th. It will be similar with kindergartens.

Restaurants, theaters and operas, as well as non-essential shops, will also remain closed. Exceptions will only apply to supermarkets or drugstores.

The government’s proposals also received some comments, especially in the federal states led by the Social Democrats (SPD). Among other things, they doubt that stricter measures are necessary at all.

In Germany, strict measures to contain the virus have been in place since early November, when restaurants, bars, recreational and sports facilities were closed, and schools and non-essential shops were closed in mid-December.

According to the German Robert Koch Institute, 11,369 new infections were confirmed in Germany on the last day, and another 989 people died. Just a week ago, 12,802 new infections and 891 deaths were reported.

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