Germany announces a virtual closure of non-vaccinators

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Germany on Thursday announced a virtual lockdown for non-vaccinators, which will ban them from most businesses and places except for groceries and pharmacies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that measures are necessary to reduce infections with the Corona virus, which again exceeded 70,000 new confirmed cases within 24 hours.

“The situation in our country is serious,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin, describing the measure as “an act of national solidarity.”

The general mandate for the vaccine could go into effect as early as February if lawmakers approve it.

Those who have evidence of a recent Covid recovery will not be affected by the measures, Local media reports.

Officials also agreed to introduce masks in schools, impose new restrictions on private gatherings, and strive to have 30 million vaccines by the end of the year.

About 68 percent of Germany’s population is fully vaccinated – less than the minimum 75 percent targeted by the government.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announces the measures

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Under the new strict national measures, those who have not been stabbed or cured will be banned from non-essential stores, cultural venues and entertainment venues.

Unvaccinated people will only be able to meet two people from another home.

Versions of restrictions were already in place in many German regions.

Officials said Thursday that nightclubs will also be required to close in areas with high infection rates. In such cases, indoor events will also be limited to 50 people, according to reports.

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