Germany to have coronavirus restrictions beyond January: minister By Reuters

© Reuters. The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues during a prolonged lockdown in Frankfurt

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will not be able to lift all measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in early February, Health Minister Jens Spahn said, emphasizing the need to further reduce contacts to fend off a more virulent strain. of the virus. virus. “One thing is already clear: it will not be possible to loosen all restrictions on February 1,” Spahn told Deutschlandfunk radio on Wednesday, adding that it would take another two to three months for the effects of the vaccination campaign to take effect. Sales tabloid Bild reported Tuesday that Chancellor Angela Merkel had told a meeting of lawmakers that the current lockdown could last until early April. The German cabinet will meet later Wednesday to pass stricter controls on people entering the country after last week it tightened and extended the national lockdown until the end of January. The new rules will require that people arriving from countries with a high number of cases or where a new, more virulent strain of the virus is circulating, be tested for the disease. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported 19,600 new infections on Wednesday. The death toll rose 1,060 to 42,637, the tally showed.

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