The capital city of Germany, Berlin, joined several German states on Monday to limit access to cinemas, restaurants as well as concert venues to people who have had vaccinations or have recently recovered from the disease in COVID-19 cases that continue to increase.
The nation’s infectious disease control center The Robert Koch Institute, reported Monday that the number in new infections per 100 inhabitants within the last seven days rose to 303, marking the first time it has seen a rate rise more than 300 since the pandemic started. This record is just one week after an unprecedented increase to more than 200 fresh cases for every 100,000 inhabitants.
It is estimated that only 67.5 percent from the German population is completely vaccine-free. The highly infectious delta variant is rife in the unvaccinated population since the temperatures drop and more the population stays inside.
The German parliament is set to take up a vote on Thursday regarding the new legal framework for COVID-19 regulations drafted from the 3 parties likely to be part of the nation’s future ruling coalition which includes The Social Democrats, the Green Party and the Free Democrats. The plans are being strengthened to allow stricter contact restrictions than initially planned.
In the wake of similar announcements from states such as Baden-Wurttemberg, Hamburg and Hesse, Berlin mayor Michael Muller stated to the media in an interview that “to ensure that we can safeguard individuals” on buses, trains and trams, his administration was planning to create “protection of the mouth and nose mandatory starting on the 27th of April”.
Masks of all kinds are acceptable, even homemade masks. Other kinds of masks like scarves are allowed insofar as they protect the mouth and nose The Berliner Morgenpostreported Tuesday.
The Berlin government strongly suggests that customers wear masks in shops , but there is not required to wear one in this context.
Should masks for face be required across the country?
The German government has strongly suggested that people wear masks on their nose and mouth in stores or while on public transport in order to limit the spread of coronavirus.
However, some states – and some cities across Germany have made masks compulsory. This has led to demands for Germany to create a standard rule for wearing masks.
It is hoping to complete its formation and be in office by the end of in the month ahead, likely to implement a vaccination mandatory in some regions which officials have resisted.Reports claim that the new law will provide the 16 states of Germany a variety of choices to apply in a separate manner, as the rates of infection vary greatly across the nation. There are higher rates of infection in areas with the lowest rates of vaccination including the southern and eastern regions of Germany.