By Sabine Siebold
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will not be able to unblock the coronavirus altogether in early February, Health Minister Jens Spahn said, stressing the need to cut down on infections to protect against the extremely violent virus. up
On Wednesday, Germany’s cabinet approved stricter controls on people entering the country following a tightening of the blockade last week and extending to the end of January.
“One thing was clear: all restrictions would not be loosened on February 1,” Spahn told radio. Deutschlandfunk It was last Wednesday and it will take another two or three months for the results of the vaccination campaign to begin.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in infectious diseases reported 19,600 new COVID cases Wednesday. The death toll rose 1,060 to 42,637.
Tighter new rules will require people arriving from countries with high caseloads or where more severe variables are circulating to test for coronavirus.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers on Tuesday that the coming eight to ten weeks would be very difficult if a more infectious variant first seen in Britain spread to Germany, according to the entrants. Join in the meeting
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has renewed a government contract to take action against companies supporting the outbreak. “We will continue as long as necessary,” he told ZDF broadcasters.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold and Hans-Edzard Busemann; (Compiled by Riham Alkousaa, Madeline Chambers, and John Stonestreet)