Germany's fourth wave

Germany Puts Restrictions on the Unvaccinated to Stem Covid Surge

A pedestrian wears a protective face mask on a crowded shopping street in Munich, Germany, on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. Germany reported a record contagion rate on Monday, with 303 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days -- almost three times higher than a year ago.

(Bloomberg) --Germany is applying pressure on citizens to get Covid-19 shots, announcing plans to restrict many leisure activities for the unvaccinated in almost the entire country. Chancellor Angela Merkel presented a catalog of measures on Thursday that will allow access to restaurants, bars and public events in areas with high hospitalization rates only for people who are vaccinated or have recovered. While avoiding a renewed lockdown, it’s the latest attempt by leaders across the European Union to stem a surge of infections.

By Birgit Jennen
Nov 18, 2021, 7:48 PM – Updated on Nov 18, 2021, 10:01 PM
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Greece expanded restrictions for unvaccinated residents on Thursday, while the Czech Republic and Slovakia imposed expanded bans. The Netherlands resumed a partial lockdown last week and Austria is using police checks to deter people from breaching its vaccine requirements.

“We are in the midst of the fourth wave and have to deal with a dramatic situation and draw the needed conclusions,” Merkel told reporters after a meeting of national and state government leaders.

Extraordinary measures “are necessary and justified,” the leaders said in a statement. They’ll apply to a broad range of activities and venues from sports and cultural events to restaurants, bars and gyms.

Serious Cases
Germany, which is Europe’s biggest economy, reported more than 65,000 infections in a day for the first time Thursday and hospitals faced with stretched intensive-care units are sounding the alarm. The changes, which include a requirement for employers to let employees to work from home, replace emergency powers that will expire on Nov. 25.

The rules kick in above a certain level of hospital admissions. Based on official data, almost all of Germany exceeds that level, which was set at three hospitalizations per 100,000 people on a rolling seven-day average. Business owners and event organizers face fines if they don’t enforce the restrictions.

The officials also agreed to resume free Covid tests, which were suspended during a relative lull in new cases.

“Vaccination was and is the way out of the pandemic, especially now,” according to the statement.

Read more:
Austria Orders Lockdown for Unvaccinated as Covid Cases Climb

Czechs and Slovaks Join Crackdown on Eastern Europe Outbreak

Greece Is Latest European Country to Restrict the Unvaccinated

Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute, a federal health agency, painted a grim picture.

“We have never been as alarmed as we are now” and the news from hospitals is “super gloomy,” German media quoted him as saying during a panel discussion on Wednesday.

Germany’s latest pandemic plan:
Setting hospitalization benchmark to trigger lockdown measures
Expanding states’ vaccination campaigns with increased offerings
Increasing booster shots
Mandatory option for working from home if possible
Only vaccinated or recovered people, or those testing negative, on public transport
Obligatory testing for all people entering clinics and care homes
Penalties for falsifying Covid vaccine certificates or test results
Germany’s Social Democrats, Green party and the Free Democrats, who are in talks to form a government to succeed Merkel’s center-right administration, used their lower-house majority on Thursday to approve nationwide measures giving states a legal basis to impose restrictions.

(Updates with other European countries in third paragraph, list of measures after 11 paragraph.)
–With assistance from Ros Krasny.


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  • Annelore Detering says:

    Yes, yes. The most vaccinated countries have the highest rate of infections. Thus, logically the vaccinated infect each other and everybody else and its not the unvacced that infect.
    What they are doing is crazy! but does fit the propaganda of main stream media thus they don’t say it.

    • Wolfgang Preiser says:

      Nonsense. The only thing that’s crazy is people stuck in some bubble. This pandemic is akin to a natural disaster like an earthquake, volcanic eruption etc. Nobody is out to get you, there is no conspiracy, there is just some amazing successes (the vaccines!) and some appalling failures (lack or preparedness, measures implemented too late, and vociferous anti-science minority).

  • Johan Buys says:

    half the problem is that it is now obvious that vaccinated persons and people that have recovered can and do get covid again. Ask me : vaccinated and had it twice. The antibodies from June 2020 episode were totally gone by Feb 2021 when I was tested for a vaccine trial.

    by now there must be enough stats to show the difference in hospitalisation and death when compare vaccinated and unvaccinated.

    The future? This will be like flu : booster shots for changes in variety. But I am unconvinced that we can carry on with this mask thing. Will more people vaccinate? I don’t know any antivax people that have lost somebody close to them so tragedy will probably convert more people than statistics.

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