Covid-19 continues its firm grip into the new year. On January 5th, the federal and state governments met to discuss a continuation of the lockdown. Incidence levels are still far too high; an extension of the restrictions was inevitable.
Which rules have the federal and state governments decided on to combat the pandemic? Above all, stricter contact limitations — and a restricted radius of movement for people in hotspots. The overview.
The tough lockdown not only remains, but is getting tougher. Berlin’s governing mayor, Michael Müller, warned that it was “no time for half-heartedness”. The new rules go further than the existing ones. Points of contention during the conference were, above all, restrictions on the radius of movement. These will come, but not at a 7-day incidence of 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The aim of the much stricter lockdown is to significantly reduce the incidence rate. Only when there are fewer than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants on a 7-day average is it possible to trace the chains of infection again.
Nationwide, Berlin sits in the middle of the pack, but even here the numbers are clearly too high. Chancellor Merkel justified the strict rules by referring to the high utilisation of intensive care units and the virus mutation discovered in the UK, which is even more contagious.
Anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to Covid-19 can find an overview here: What to do and where to find coronavirus testing centres. Playing it safe, even without symptoms? All rapid test centres and their prices are listed here.
Original article by Christopher Wasmuth
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