German Chancellor Angela Merkel evaluated the latest situation in the outbreak at her meeting with state prime ministers via video conference.
In the statement made after the meeting, which lasted 11 hours, it was stated that the decision was taken to extend the existing measures until April 18, and it was stated that additional measures would be taken in places where the number of new cases increased.
Accordingly, in the last 7 days, in areas where the number of new cases in 100 thousand people exceeded 100, the obligation to wear medical masks for other passengers who are not from the same household with the driver in private vehicles, rapid tests in places where mask and distance rules are difficult to comply, curfew restrictions and people It was stated that additional measures could be taken, such as restricting the contacts between them.
In the statement, which emphasized that if the number of new cases in 100 thousand people in the last 7 days exceeded 100 for 3 consecutive days, the application of “emergency braking” should be applied decisively, and in this case, the measures before 7 March were asked to be re-implemented.
SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS FOR EASTER
In the statement, it was pointed out that it was decided to impose restrictions in order to reduce contacts within the scope of Easter, which will be celebrated at the beginning of April, and it was stated that April 1 and 3 will be defined as a one-time “holiday”. On the occasion of Easter, Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5 were previously set as holidays.
In the statement, which pointed out that the principle of staying at home on April 1-5 will be valid, it was stated that a maximum of two households will be allowed to come together in this period, but the number of gathered people will be limited to 5, children under the age of 14 will not be included in this limitation.
It was stated that gatherings in public places would be prohibited and markets selling foodstuffs would only be opened only on April 3, and religious communities would be requested to organize their activities online.
In the statement, which stated that the tests will play an important role in the fight against the epidemic since April, it was stated that the government’s change in the Infection Law will impose an obligation to test passengers when entering Germany from abroad.
The statement also called on employers to give their employees the opportunity to work from home, while the public was also asked not to travel as much as possible.
“WE HAVE NOT BEEN RENEWED THE VIRUS YET”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, defending the measures taken at the press conference held after the meeting, said, “We have not yet overcome the virus, it does not leave us”.
Emphasizing that the situation in the epidemic in Germany is very serious, Merkel stated that the mutated dangerous species of Kovid-19, which was first seen in England, spread in Germany, the number of new cases increased rapidly and the beds in intensive care began to fill up again.
Explaining that they wanted to prevent the health system from reaching the end of its capacity, Merkel noted that the disease of many middle-aged and young people who caught Covid-19 during this period started to become severe.
Stating that he is against a general export ban on Covid-19 vaccines, Prime Minister Merkel stated that there are various international dependencies in vaccine production and that supply chains should be looked at in this regard.
Pointing out that the most vaccine is currently exported from the European Union, Merkel said that he supports the President of the European Union (EU) Commission Ursula von der Leyen, who wants vaccine producers to fulfill their obligations.