A four-week partial closure has begun in Germany, with restaurants, bars, theaters, cinemas and other leisure facilities closing until the end of this month, with coronavirus infections on the rise.
The sanctions, which took effect Monday, imposed the first phase of the epidemic in March and April compared to Germany. This time schools, kindergartens, unwanted shops and hairdressers are open.
Key officials decided last week that a “lockdown light” was needed in view of the sharp rise in cases that prompted many other European countries to impose more or less stricter sanctions.
The National Center for Disease Control on Saturday reported 19,059 – the highest number of infections in a single day since the outbreak began. These figures were low at the beginning of the week, and the center reported 12,097 cases on Monday. But it also emphasizes the upward trend compared to 8,685 the week before.
Germany reported more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents last week. This is lower than many other European countries, but more than 50 marks set by authorities earlier this year as an alarm signal that local authorities need action.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors will review the situation two weeks later and discuss whether actions need to be adjusted.
“The goal is to get this level back to 50. At this point health offices are in a position to detect contact,” Merkel’s chief of staff Helzbran told RBB Info radio.
Merkel said last week that authorities could not currently find the source of a third of the infection.
These restrictions will take effect from Monday, allowing groups of 10 to a maximum of two households to remain open. The Germans were told not to make unnecessary trips and the hotel was banned from accommodating people on tourist trips.
When asked if sanctions could continue beyond November, Braun replied: “We want to end these austerity measures by the end of November.