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Germany to announce updates on corona regulations next week

On Wednesday 10 February, Bundeskanzlerin Merkel will once again meet with the heads of government of the German states to discuss important issues in the fight against the corona pandemic. The decisions taken at the last meeting on 19 January are currently valid until 14 February.

The Robert Koch Institute currently reports a declining number of new infections with the coronavirus. On the other hand, the virus variant B117, which now accounts for almost six percent of new infections, has been detected in 13 federal states. This variant is more contagious and complicates the fight against the pandemic.

The still heavily burdened intensive care units and the high number of deaths also showed that

"the situation is far from under control",

warned RKI head Wieler on 5 February.

The vaccinations are progressing step by step, 80 percent of the residents in nursing homes have received a first vaccination in the meantime. With the vaccine from AstraZenica, a third vaccine against Covid-19 is now available. Gesundheitsminister Spahn therefore declared that the means are now available to defeat the virus – though "not immediately, but in the course of the year". Germany is still in "hard weeks of lockdown".

It is important

"not to carelessly squander what has been achieved so laboriously".

The federal-state meeting will take place in the form of a video conference. Afterwards, Bundeskanzlerin Merkel will brief the public together with Regierendem Bürgermeister Müller and Ministerpräsident Söder.

Photo: © Bundesregierung/Kugler 2021

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