Germany is tightening measures in the fight against coronavirus. As previously suspected, the federal and state governments agreed to extend the lockdown until the end of January. Private gatherings are now only permitted within the circle of members of one’s own household and with a maximum of one other person not living in the household, Chancellor Angela Merkel explained in a press conference on Tuesday evening.
In counties with a seven-day incidence of more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, the states will take local measures “to restrict the radius of movement to 15 km around the place of residence, unless there is a valid reason,” the decision said, Reuters news agency reported.
Day-trip excursions are “explicitly” not a valid reason in this regard. Also planned are further contact restrictions. “In an extension of the previous resolutions, private meetings will only be allowed alone, with another person not living in the household or among the members of the own household,” the draft resolution says. The restrictions already in place are to be extended until Jan. 31.
317,000 vaccinations carried out
Meanwhile, the number of Corona vaccinations administered in Germany has risen to about 317,000. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Tuesday reported the status of vaccinations by Monday evening at 316,962, 44,563 more than the previous day. This corresponds to a vaccination rate of 0.38 percent nationwide. In Austria, the number is just under 8,000.
Of those vaccinated, 131,885 are residents of nursing homes. A further 149,727 people were vaccinated on the basis of an occupational indication; this mainly concerns nursing staff and other medical personnel. 73,734 people received the vaccine from the Biontech and Pfizer companies because of their age, and another 10,216 for medical reasons.
- Sources: rki.de and diepresse.at/picture: pixabay.com
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