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Germany to Lift Majority of COVID-19 Restrictions, Despite Epidemiological Situation

The German government has announced that it will ease the majority of restrictions imposed due to the Corona virus and its new strains, despite the fact that the country is recording high rates of infections caused by the virus, especially the Omicron variant.

The decision comes after the German parliament voted to lift restrictions on public spaces across the country; However, this decision was not considered appropriate by the opposition CDU party, reports.

On Friday, Parliament approved a new law allowing the cancellation of the majority of preventive measures imposed due to the Corona virus, while Health Minister Karl Lauterbach considered the new Infection Protection Law a “difficult compromise”.

The authorities in Germany have made it clear that the requirement to wear masks will remain mandatory in public transport, as well as hospitals and care homes; However, it will not be mandatory in restaurants and shops.

The 3G rule for virus vaccination, cure or testing for long-distance rail travel has also been abolished.

However, mask wearing, as well as mandatory tests, may be required in hospitals and care facilities as well as doctors’ offices.

In addition, the authorities in Germany have also made it clear that the obligation to comply with the 3G rule in workplaces will no longer apply. However, companies can present their own rules, taking into account the epidemiological situation.

The government has also made it clear that the 16 German states are allowed to keep the measures in place and also to impose additional measures in case the COVID-19 situation deteriorates.

The new changes introduced by the German authorities were a compromise between Lauterbach’s Social Democrats (SPD) as well as the Free Democratic Party (FDP), part of the ruling coalition of SPD Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

According to Deutsche Welle, without the new law, restrictions previously imposed by the country’s authorities due to COVID-19 would have expired on Saturday.

Minister Lauterbach stressed in this regard: “We cannot continue to protect the entire country to protect a small group of those who do not wish to be vaccinated.”

Authorities in Germany have recorded a total of 1,828,986 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, while a total of 126,646 people have died during the same period, based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The same source shows that in the past seven days, more than 1,530,320 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the past seven days, while more than 1,370 people died during the same period.

According to figures provided by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany on March 17 alone recorded more than 294,000 cases of COVID-19 virus.

In this regard, German Health Minister Lauterbach stressed that the epidemic is “unfortunately not over”, adding that the country needs more preventive measures.

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