Germany faces Easter with fewer restrictions, but with caution

Berlin, April 10 (EFE).- Germany faces its first Easter holiday period in two years with fewer restrictions due to the pandemic, despite experts urging not to let our guard down even if infections decrease.

Most restrictions have disappeared in Germany, although basic protective measures are maintained, such as screening for vulnerable groups and in schools and nurseries and the use of masks for people at risk and in public transport. common, but more in stores. .

However, additional measures may be applied when localized outbreaks are recorded, such as masks, basic distancing and hygiene standards, testing and certification of vaccination status.

In the run-up to the Easter holidays, the German government has called on travelers to test and continue to wear a mask.

“I ask everyone who is planning to travel at Easter to do a test beforehand so as not to infect other people during the trip and during the visits they have planned,” Health Minister Karl said on Friday. Lauterbach at a conference to analyze the situation in the country.

He added that the Easter trips should not interrupt “the current favorable development in the number of cases”.

“We must do this for everyone traveling with us, but also for the protection of our families and our own,” he added.

He also recommended continuing to use the mask indoors voluntarily.

Family head Anne Spiegel echoed this, recommending in statements to the Funke Group media “that everyone take a quick test first.”

“We have 300 deaths from coronavirus every day. This is a number that worries me a lot. This is why we should continue to wear a mask in all situations where we have worn it so far,” said he said, adding that it is a matter of solidarity with older and younger generations.

Meanwhile, according to the tourist portal “Reisereporter”, during this first Easter holiday in two years with fewer restrictions, demand is high in the coastal tourist regions of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg- Western Pomerania.

According to Manuela Schütze, spokeswoman for the Schleswig-Holstein Tourism Agency (TASH), the level of bookings a few days ago was already “significantly better than at the same time last year”.

Meanwhile, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, bookings for Easter a few days ago amounted to 56% of supply, although the expected occupancy rate stands at 71%, while the coast of Lower Saxony even exceeds 90%, according to tourist associations.

The East Frisian Islands are also reporting “a positive booking situation for Easter”, according to Marc Klinke, marketing director for the regional tourism agency.

But also foreign destinations, such as Mallorca, will again receive more German tourists for Easter, some 40,000 on Tui Fly flights alone from various airports in Germany.

Meanwhile, the cumulative incidence continues to fall in Germany and stands at 1,097.9 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, compared to 1,141.8 yesterday, 1,457.9 a week ago and 1 388.5 a month ago.

Health authorities reported 55,471 new positives and 36 deaths in 24 hours, down from 74,053 and 42, while active cases stand at around 4,100,900, according to data from the Rober Koch Institute (RKI) of Virology. updates yesterday morning.

Despite the drop in new infections, the president of the Association of Chief Medical Officers of Hospitals (VLK), Michael Weber, has warned that 60% of clinics continue to have to postpone operations due to staff shortages due to the contagion and the many patients with covid -19.

More than 10% of beds in the ward and intensive care units are still occupied by coronavirus patients, he added in statements to the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”.

Last Friday, Lauterbach lamented the recent failure in the Bundestag of the proposal to introduce the compulsory covid-19 vaccine for those over 60 and warned that given the insufficient vaccination rate, there is no room for further relaxation.

In this sense, and looking ahead to the fall, he predicted that Germany will probably face another predictable wave for the third time without being optimally prepared, while he said he had a wave of contagion also for the summer.

The vaccination campaign is virtually at a standstill, with 38,000 doses administered on Friday and an average of 34,000 last week.

Until Friday, 76.6% of the population (63.7 million people) had been vaccinated, 76.0% (63.2 million) with the full schedule, while 59.0% (49.0 million ) received a booster dose.

(c) EFE Agency

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