Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Schools reopen in Germany despite fears of third wave of pandemic – Coronavirus


Schools and kindergartens reopened on Monday, after two months of closure, in much of Germany, despite fears of a third epidemiological wave caused by the circulation of the British strain, writes AFP.

The children resumed their journey to schools and kindergartens on Monday morning in 10 of the 16 German states. In two other Länder, schools opened earlier.

The courses, interrupted in physical form since mid-December, are resumed in drastic sanitary conditions.

The government also plans to speed up vaccination among teachers and educators. An announcement in this regard could be made today, after a meeting between the regional ministers of health and the government led by Angela Merkel.

The approximately one million educators and teachers will thus move into the category of “high priority”, despite the reservations of the German Commission for Vaccination (STIKO), which wants to give priority to the most vulnerable.

Free tests and self-tests at a cost of one euro will be introduced from March 1, a promise made by Health Minister Jens Spahn, which the opposition and doctors’ associations find difficult to keep.

Despite the regularly extended restrictions of two months, Germany is facing difficulties in controlling the pandemic, mainly due to the British version.

The seven-day incidence rate thus rose to 61 on Monday (compared to 60.2 on Sunday), far from the ceiling of 35 at which relaxation measures can be introduced.

The Minister of Health dispelled the hopes of those who expected relaxation measures, even at an incidence rate over 35. The government and regional powers will meet on March 3 to discuss what measures will be taken.

“Everyone wants a three- and six-month plan, but it’s not possible at the moment. I don’t think we need to make false promises,” Spahn warned ARD, citing a 10-point cut in the incidence cap. .



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