Germany further tightened corona measures in the country on Tuesday. In areas where many new infections are diagnosed, a maximum of 50 people are allowed to attend a private party or family gathering. This should prevent a nationwide lockdown at all costs, said Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The new measure applies in areas with more than 35 confirmed infections per 100,000 inhabitants, including Berlin. In more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the reins are pulled even tighter: the maximum group size in the private sphere is then adjusted to 10 and in public to 25.
“We want to deploy regionally, specifically and purposefully, instead of locking up the entire country again,” Merkel said.
The number of infections is not increasing to a large extent in all German regions. The so-called hotspot strategy must ensure that the negative consequences for the economy are limited as much as possible.
Fine for false personal data in the catering industry
The government also announced that it would impose a fine of at least 50 euros for persons who leave false personal data behind during a catering visit. Leaving personal data behind is mandatory in Germany, because it makes it easier to notify the persons concerned of an infection.
Merkel emphasized that in Germany, the corona app and the ventilation of public buildings should be used as much as possible. “These are the cheapest and most effective measures in the fight against the corona virus,” said the chancellor.
Although a number of measures may differ per state, it is still the case throughout the country that a distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained. It is also compulsory to wear mouth masks in public transport and in shops.
Wearing a mouth mask in public transport is mandatory in Germany. (Photo: ANP)
Merkel fears an increasing number of infections
Germany got through the summer relatively well given the number of infections, Merkel said. But in recent weeks, the daily number of new infections has shown an upward trend.
The country with 83 million inhabitants registered up to 2,400 new infections per day in recent days. At the end of July, that number was about three hundred.
If this trend continues, the number of daily infections could rise to 19,200 in December, Merkel warned.
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