Germany warns of rise in COVID-19 cases going into fall

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister warned Friday that the country is seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases as it goes into the fall, and urged older people to get a second booster shot tweaked to protect against new variants.

Other European countries such as France, Denmark and the Netherlands are also recording an increase in cases, Karl Lauterbach told reporters in Berlin.

 

“We are clearly at the start of a winter wave,” he said.

 

German officials recorded 96,367 new cases in the past 24 hours, about twice as many as a week ago.

 

Starting Saturday, Germany's 16 states can again impose pandemic restrictions such as a requirement to wear masks indoors.

 

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's health minister warned Friday that the country is seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases as it goes into the fall, and urged older people to get a second booster shot tweaked to protect against new variants.

 

Other European countries such as France, Denmark and the Netherlands are also recording an increase in cases, Karl Lauterbach told reporters in Berlin.

 

"We are clearly at the start of a winter wave," he said.

 

German officials recorded 96,367 new cases in the past 24 hours, about twice as many as a week ago.

 

Starting Saturday, Germany's 16 states can again impose pandemic restrictions such as a requirement to wear masks indoors.

 

People wear face masks in central Berlin, Germany on Monday. Photo: EPA-EFE

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Coronavirus: Germany eyes limits on New Year’s Eve parties to combat Omicron variant

A government proposal shows that from December 28, Berlin wants to close nightclubs and further reduce the number of people allowed at large events

The text proposes caps on private gatherings, with those who are vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 to be allowed to host just 10 people

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Published: 1:44am, 21 Dec, 2021

 

 

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Germany plans to limit private New Year’s Eve parties to 10 people, a draft document showed on Monday, as it tightens coronavirus restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of Omicron.

The proposed new rules will target the vaccinated and the unvaccinated alike, though the government has ruled out a strict lockdown ahead of Christmas.

A government proposal seen by Agence France-Presse shows that from December 28, Berlin wants to close nightclubs and further reduce the number of people allowed at large events.

The text also proposes caps on private gatherings, with those who are vaccinated or recovered from Covid to be allowed to host just 10 people, a measure specifically aimed at New Year’s Eve revellers.

 

 


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