Germany’s big cities impose new restrictions due to coronavirus pandemic

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It is from this weekend between 23 and 6, except for some shops such as pharmacies and service stations. It will be in force until at least October 31.

The list of areas of risk or of special incidence of the coronavirus in Germany increased in the last 24 hours andn several of the large cities of the country, such as Essen (west), Stuttgard (south) and Bremen (north), thus joining Berlin, Frankfurt and Cologne.

According to the norm set by the Robert Koch Institut (RKI), competent in the matter in the country, it is considered a risk zone where 50 infections are registered in 7 days per 100,000 inhabitants. From that level on, they implement special territorial measures.

Several districts of Berlin entered this consideration in the middle of the week, until finally the capital and city-state as a whole exceeded the average of 52 cases for that count of inhabitants and seven days.

In total, in the last 24 hours, the RKI has reported 3,483 new cases of Sars-CoV2 throughout the country and eleven fatalities. It’s a clear decline from the 4,700 Sars-CoV-2 cases, with 15 deaths reported on Saturday, the highest since early April.

However, this decline is common at the weekend, as some health establishments in the “Länder” – federated states – update their data on Monday. Given the acceleration in recent days, it is feared that 6,000 daily infections will soon be reached, the peak that was recorded at the peak of the first wave, towards the end of March.

On Friday 4,500 contagion had been verifieds, after the 4,000 were surpassed on Thursday; on Wednesday it was 2,800.

Especially worrying is the situation in cities, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Friday, after meeting with the mayors of the eleven main urban centers.

In total, since the beginning of the pandemic, 322,864 cases -274,800 of which are recovered patients- and 9,615 have been verified in Germany, the country with the largest demographic weight in the European Union (EU) with 83.5 million inhabitants. deceased.

Berlin, like Frankfurt, implemented this Saturday the night closing of bars and restaurants, that they must be closed between 23.00 and 06.00, when the sale of alcohol is prohibited and meet in groups of more than five people -expandable, in the case of people living in one or even two homes-.

Most of the “Länder” have also imposed the prohibition of spending the night in their territory to travelers coming from risk areas, be they entire cities or specific districts of these.

The “Land” most affected by the pandemic and with the highest number of risk areas is North Rhine-Westphalia, where many urban centers are concentrated. In this federated state, with 18 million inhabitants, there are already nine districts declared risk zones, including the cities of Essen and Cologne.

The prime minister of the “Land”, Armin Laschet, of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and aspiring to preside over the Chancellor’s party, appealed today to harmonize the rules and restrictions on a national scale for all risk areas.

Laschet believes that this should be the objective of the meeting that regional leaders will hold with the foreign minister, next Wednesday. In the successive conferences between Merkel and the local powers a series of framework rules have been agreed, but then each “Land” implements them according to their criteria.

In a similar sense, the leader of Bavaria and leader of the Bavarian Social Christian Union (CSU), Markus Söder, who claims to unify the measures in the country, spoke.

Bavaria is the second “Land” in population -16 million inhabitants- and also the second most affected by COVID-19.

Source: AFP and EFE

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