German parliament green lights law easing restrictions for vaccinated people

Berlin, May 6 (EFE).- The lower house of the German Parliament (the Bundestag) on Thursday approved a regulation that would mean that some coronavirus restrictions would no longer apply to citizens who have already been vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19.

The fast-tracked regulation received the support of the deputies of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grand coalition, made up of conservatives and social democrats, as well as the opposition Greens and the Left. It will be submitted on Friday for ratification by the upper house (the Bundesrat), and would come into force between Saturday and Sunday.

The law would allow people who have received both doses of the coronavirus inoculation or those who have antibodies to access non-essential shops, museums and other services without having to take an antigen test. They would also be exempt from observing a nighttime curfew and would not have to undergo quarantine when they return to the country from abroad.

The law would currently affect some 10.5 million citizens — the 7.1 million who have been fully vaccinated and 3.4 million recovered patients — just 13 percent of the German population.

The proposal to ease restrictions comes amid a nationwide vaccination rollout that is gathering pace after an initially sluggish start to the program.

The Merkel government aims to have offered all adults in Germany the possibility of getting the vaccine by July, two months earlier than the chancellor’s original target, Chancellery Minister Helge Braun told the Bundestag on Wednesday.

Merkel had previously estimated that all adults would have the opportunity to be vaccinated by the end of the summer.

As of yesterday, 25.4 million citizens — 30.6 % of the total population — had received at least the first dose, while 7.1 million — or 8.6 % of the total — have received both doses.

Last week, a record of 1.1 million doses were injected in a single day. EFE


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