Germany’s health minister said on Monday that although measures to contain coronavirus had began to have an impact , more needed to be done to bring it permanently in check .“The (infection) numbers seem to be decreasing, which is sweet , but we are still an extended way from where we would like to be,” Jens Spahn told broadcaster ARD.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany’s 16 state premiers will discuss what to try to to next on Tuesday, Reuters reports.New infections are decreasing in recent days and therefore the occupancy of medical care beds by Covid-19 patients has declined by 10-15%, consistent with Spahn.
However, the state premiers are concerned about new variants that appear to be more contagious.The minister of finance , Olaf Scholz, told the general public broadcaster RBB on Monday he could imagine extending the present lockdown by fortnight until mid-February.
Stricter requirements for companies to permit staff to figure from home, compulsory wearing of heavy duty FFP2 masks in certain areas, restrictions on conveyance and therefore the introduction of curfews are being debated.
The number of confirmed cases in Germany rose by 7,141 to 2,040,659, data from the Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday. That was quite 5,000 down from the week before. The reported price rose by 214 to 46,633.
The secretary of state , Heiko Maas, fuelled discussion regarding privileges for people that had been vaccinated by saying they ought to be allowed to travel to restaurants and cinemas sooner.Other ministers have opposed such special rights, fearing they might cause social inequalities at a time when not everyone has the chance to be inoculated.
Maas’s proposal was “out of the question” as long because it isn't proven that a vaccination stops people from transmitting the virus too, a justice ministry spokesman said on Sunday.