German Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed a three-step plan to lift restrictions on stepping up testing at COVID-19, the Berlin chief executive told a CDU leadership meeting, Reuters reports.
Merkel wants to reopen parts of society by expanding the number of personal contacts, followed by schools and vocational colleges and, in the third phase, sports activities, restaurants and culture, according to participants in the meeting.
Germany has extended restrictions on limiting the spread of COVID-19 to March 7, but elementary schools and nurseries in 10 Länder have resumed operations and beauty salons will reopen next week.
Although the number of COVID-19 cases has decreased in recent weeks, the seven-day incidence rate is still 60 cases per 100,000 population. On Monday, Germany reported 4,369 new cases and another 62 deaths caused by the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
Starting Tuesday, Helge Braun, the German chancellor’s chief of staff, will convene a working group to propose a plan for the next meeting of the federal government with the heads of executives of the 16 states, scheduled for March 3, writes Agerpres.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has reiterated his call for the government to offer free rapid tests starting March 1.
Germany’s anti-COVID-19 vaccination campaign has so far been affected by vaccine delivery problems. As of Sunday, just over 5 million doses had been administered in Germany.
The federal health minister and the state health ministers will decide on Monday whether teachers and educators will have a higher priority on vaccination.
On the other hand, Health Minister Christine Lambrecht raised the possibility of lifting restrictions on people vaccinated against COVID-19, as soon as there is more information about the possible prevention of the transmission of the disease.
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