Germany plans to relax certain health rules currently in force for people immune to Covid-19, according to a government project consulted on Saturday by AFP.
This text is to be debated Monday at a new meeting devoted to vaccination between the government of Angela Merkel and the heads of regional governments. It is not a question of granting them privileges, but of “remove violations of their fundamental rights that are no longer justified», Specifies the project.
The subject is sensitive as Germany entered a new phase of tightening restrictions on Saturday to combat the third wave of the pandemic raging in the country.
The reform of the law on protection against infections, wanted by Chancellor Angela Merkel, automatically imposes strict rules, including much criticized curfews, as soon as the incidence rate, which measures infections over a week, is greater than 100 for three days. But the law also makes it possible to decide “relaxations or exceptions for people considered immuneJustice Minister Christine Lambrecht said in an interview with the Handelsblatt business newspaper on Saturday.
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23% of the adult population received at least one dose
Concretely, people who have received two doses of vaccines and those considered to be cured after an infection will be able to take advantage of certain services, such as a visit to the hairdresser, or shopping in non-food stores that are still open without having to present a negative test. carried out the same day.
They will also not need to show a negative test or observe a quarantine on their return to Germany after a trip, unless they return from a country classified as a high risk zone due to the spread of variants of the virus. coronavirus. However, they must continue to wear a protective mask in shops, public buildings or even public transport.
«If it is proven that vaccination not only protects against disease but can also prevent transmission of the virus, this should be taken into account.”Ms. Lambrecht said.
After a difficult start, the vaccination campaign accelerated in Germany. Nearly 23% of the adult population has received at least one dose, some 7% are fully immune, according to the latest figures from the Robert Koch health watch institute.