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Germany’s new Covid restrictions explained and whether there could be a new lockdown

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Austria’s close neighbor Germany is also seeing a serious increase in Covid rates – are lockdown restrictions being introduced there too?

A fourth wave is sweeping across Europe, causing many countries to reintroduce Covid measures.

Austria was the first country to introduce a complete lockdown, with vaccines being mandatory from February.

But the close neighbor Germany is also recording a serious increase in Covid rates – so will they go into lockdown? Here is everything you need to know.

The state’s disease control authority, the Robert Koch Institute, reported 65,371 new infections on Thursday, breaking the previous 24-hour record.

The number of deaths has also risen, with 264 reported on Wednesday alone. Germany’s total number of Covid deaths is now approaching 100,000.

Germany’s vaccination rate is relatively low compared to other European countries, including the UK – and it wasn’t until Thursday that its vaccination board recommended the use of boosters.

The vaccination rate is currently 67.7 percent. In Great Britain it is over 80 percent, in Spain just under 80. France’s vaccination rate is around 70 percent.

Like the UK, Spain and France are already giving booster vaccinations.

Lothar Wieler, director of the Robert Koch Institute, said Germany had to improve to at least 75 percent.

The situation is worst in Saxony, where only 57.6 percent of the population are double vaccinated.

Official figures show that Saxony had the highest infection rate in Germany in the last seven days with more than 761 newly confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The UK actually has a higher seven-day infection rate (402 per 100,000 population) than Germany (351 per 100,000).

But Germany has risen rapidly while the UK has remained relatively stable – albeit with some ups and downs – since the summer.

Not quite yet, but Saxony is preparing to introduce a brief lockdown to handle its ascending cases.

Governor Michael Kretschmer said the state government would decide on a “hard and clear breakwater” on Friday that will last two to three weeks.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted that the fourth wave of the virus hits the country with “full force”.

But the specter of the lockdown is looming, and Wieler said Germany will have “extremely dark days” if no action is taken.

The rise in cases has resulted in some restrictions, with the head of the German epidemic control agency warning of a “really terrible Christmas”.

German lawmakers on Thursday approved new measures to combat the surge in cases even though they are not completely banned.

They include requirements for employees to demonstrate that they are vaccinated, have recently recovered from Covid-19, or have tested negative in order to gain access to community workplaces. A similar regulation applies to local public transport.

The restrictions have yet to be approved by the German Bundesrat, which could happen on Friday.

Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz is expected to succeed Merkel as Federal Chancellor. He has urged people who have not yet been vaccinated to do so.

“It’s the best protection against infection,” he told reporters. “We can see that in intensive care units now.”

Austria has already announced a new full lockdown from Monday, November 22nd.

It is also said to be the first country to make Covid vaccines mandatory by law.

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