Germany announced on Thursday the nationwide locking down of those not vaccinated, after its leaders supported plans for obligatory vaccinations over the next months.

People who are not vaccinated will be barred from entering all but the most crucial companies, including pharmacies and supermarkets, in order to stop spreading of the coronavirus the Chancellor who is retiring Angela Merkel and her successor, Olaf Scholz, announced Thursday after talks between regional officials. People who recently been vaccinated against Covid-19 are not protected by the prohibition.
The two lawmakers also backed plans for compulsory vaccinations, which should be approved by the legislature could be in effect as early as February.
The restrictions have been tightened. those who are not vaccinated can only be with two members of a household from the same household. Nightclubs and bars are required to close in areas that have an increase of 350 per 100 within a week. Also, the country should restrict the number of spectators attending large soccer games.

 

The announcement is made just as Germany is fighting a rise in cases that have brought Europe back into the center of the pandemic, causing concerns about the recently found Omicron variant.
The press conference is Merkel’s final press briefing before she quits her post with a grim end to mark her tenure serving as German chancellor.
We’ve realized that situation extremely urgent and that we need to take further steps in addition to the ones already in place,” Merkel told reporters during the news conference on Thursday. “The 4th wave has to be broken, but this hasn’t yet been accomplished,” she added.
A mandate for vaccination across the country could be implemented in February 2022 after it’s debated in the parliament and based on guidelines by the German Ethics Council, Merkel said.
She also said that people who have been vaccinated have lost their status as vaccine recipients nine months after their last shot in order to increase the use of boosters.
If the vaccine mandate is approved, Germany’s mandate will follow the same path as neighbouring Austria and Austria, which plans to make vaccinations for adult citizens who are eligible to be required starting in February.
Additionally, Greece announced that vaccines will be required for those older than 60 years old from the middle of January. People who refuse to take the vaccine will be subject to 100 euros (US $113) fines per month, according to the government on Tuesday.
European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said it was the right time to “potentially think about mandatory vaccination” within the bloc in the face of the threat of a coronavirus fourth wave and fears over the Omicron variant, which was identified from South African health officials last week.