Cases rise in Germany as restrictions expire

As winter approaches, German health officials and experts have raised concerns over a new wave of coronavirus cases. Cases in Germany –...

As winter approaches, German health officials and experts have raised concerns over a new wave of coronavirus cases.

Cases in Germany – around 12,775 per day on average – have increased by 57% in the past two weeks, according to a New York Times Database. Deaths on average over the same period increased by 11%.

The surge comes as many European countries have slowly lifted lockdowns after months of restrictions imposed by Delta and other virus variants.

A national state of emergency is in place in Germany – which allows the government to unilaterally impose restrictions on states – but it is due to expire on November 25. The order can be extended by a parliamentary vote, and some state officials advocate that lawmakers do so.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn, however, noted the country’s high vaccination rate and said the emergency order could be lifted while other rules are put in place, such as mask warrants and proof of vaccination. About 70% of the population has received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

Pandemic restrictions in Germany are set individually by the country’s 16 states, and in general, masks are mandatory on public transport and in stores. As of August, visitors to Germany must show proof of vaccination, recovery from infection or a recent negative test to enter indoor public spaces, such as restaurants, lounges and gyms. The clubs of Berlin, famous for its hedonistic nightlife, reopened last month for the first time in over a year.

The cases are also reborn in Great Britain, where the government lifted virtually all restrictions in July, arguing that a rapid rollout of vaccination had helped ease hospitalization and death rates. In June, the country reported as few as 2,000 cases per day, but last week it reported an average of 47,209 new cases per day, a 30% increase from the average of two weeks ago.

The government rejected calls for immediate reintroduction of some restrictions on coronaviruses, but he also said rules could be put back in place if a vaccine booster program does little to stop the spread. Health experts warn that while vaccines help prevent serious illness, they alone will not be enough to stop the upward trajectory of infection rates.

“Relying on the immunization program to solve the problem will not be a solution, I’m afraid,” Adam Finn, member of a government immunization committee, told the BBC on Sunday. “It’s really time for everyone to realize that he can’t just go back to normal if he wants to avoid further restrictions later in the year.”

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