Germany, Netherlands debate coronavirus restrictions as cases spike

Berlin, Nov 16 (EFE).- Germany on Tuesday was debating specific restrictions for unvaccinated citizens and mandatory vaccines for health workers as possible ways to snap a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections.

The discussion came as the country reported its highest seven-day incidence rate on Tuesday with 312.4 infections per 100,000 people. The Robert Koch Institute of virology reported 32,048 new infections in the last 24 hours.

The federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg and Bavaria have already introduced restrictions for unvaccinated people, who are not allowed entry to bars and restaurants.

On Tuesday, Thuringia, Hamburg and Baden-Württemberg joined the list of states to apply these restrictions.

At a national level, the three parties poised to take over the country’s next coalition government are also considering restricting access to public transport for vaccinated people or those holding a recent negative coronavirus test.

The vaccination rate in Germany has stagnated at 67.6%.


Across the border, Dutch lawmakers were mulling similar restrictions on Tuesday as part of a proposed ‘2G policy’ that would exclude all unvaccinated people from entering restaurants and attending public events.

At the moment, unvaccinated people with a negative coronavirus test are allowed to enter such establishments.

The controversial policy would be enforced from December if it gets parliamentary approval.

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