Germany, especially the southern and eastern regions, is being hit by a new wave of infections, which experts and politicians attribute to one of the lowest vaccination rates (68%) in Western Europe.
Faced with the resurgence of the virus, which has killed more than 99,000 people in the country since its appearance, the outgoing foreign minister and her likely successor, Olaf Scholz, already decided last week to tighten restrictions on unvaccinated people.
Yesterday, the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg announced curfews for unvaccinated people in three of its districts, as the country faces its worst wave of infections since the start of the pandemic, almost two years ago.
Residents of those districts who have not been vaccinated will not be able to leave their homes between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they have authorization for work reasons or a medical emergency, authorities said.
Coronavirus cases soared in Germany in recent weeks, after vaccination stalled at around 67% of the population, in a re-outbreak – or “fourth wave” – that authorities have defined as a “non-pandemic. vaccinated “.
Last week, the country exceeded 60,000 infections in one day for the first time, with more than 65,000, days after having exceeded, also for the first time, 50,000 in a single day.
In many hospitals, beds for patients with coronavirus and other diseases are already becoming scarce, and Merkel warned of a “dramatic situation.”
Faced with this situation, the presidents of the federal states of Germany agreed last Thursday with the central government to introduce restrictions on public life for people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19.