Germany to increase Covid lockdown till March 28, but will ease curbs from next week : Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel opened the door to the move last week, saying testing could create a “buffer" to permit for opening above her target of 35 new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. The figure rose to 65.8 on Monday, consistent with the RKI public health institute.

Germany to increase Covid lockdown till March 28, but will ease curbs from next week : Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel

Germany plans to increase its coronavirus lockdown until March 28 but some restrictions are going to be eased ranging from March 8, Focus Online reported, citing a draft agreement for talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of the 16 federal states.

The draft document, seen by Reuters, states that ranging from March 8 a maximum of 5 people from two households, excluding children younger than 14, are going to be allowed to satisfy , up from a maximum of two people under current rules.

Flower and book stores, garden centres, tatoo and nail parlours also as massage salons also will be allowed to reopen.Merkel is thanks to discuss lockdown options with the heads of the state on Wednesday, as coronavirus cases in Germany reached quite 2.4 million.

As more aggressive variants spread, the measure of latest infections has been inching copy , moving the country beyond targets Merkel has set for loosening curbs. Her coronavirus cabinet, which incorporates Scholz, met on Monday to organize for a critical meeting with state leaders on Wednesday.

Angela Merkel opened the door to the move last week, saying testing could create a “buffer" to permit for opening above her target of 35 new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. The figure rose to 65.8 on Monday, consistent with the RKI public health institute.

Germany’s outbreak receded steadily after peaking just before Christmas, but the downward trend has been halted for around fortnight , prompting fears that more virulent strains of the disease could trigger another surge in cases.

While some children have returned to colleges and hairdressers were allowed to reopen on Monday, most of Germany’s lockdown restrictions remain in situ.With the pandemic-weary public growing restless before national elections, some officials are keen to ease the strain, while others are more cautious.

Merkel and therefore the state premiers are set to agree on a broad extension of current lockdown measures until the top of this month, including shuttered non-essential stores, restaurants, gyms and cultural venues, Business Insider magazine reported Monday, citing government sources it didn't identify by name.

Moreover, with the country’s inoculation campaign slowly ramping up, the country’s STIKO vaccination committee is poised to reconsider its decision to not recommend AstraZeneca’s vaccine for people 65 and older.

“There are going to be a replacement updated recommendation very soon," Thomas Mertens, head of the committee, said over the weekend. Last month, Germany decided to stay its recommendation for the vaccine to be administered only to people between the ages of 18 and 64, saying there have been insufficient data on its effectiveness for older recipients.

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