Berlin – People in districts with very high numbers of corona infections are faced with a drastic restriction on their freedom of movement. From a 7-day incidence of over 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, the federal states should take local measures to limit the radius of movement to 15 kilometers around the place of residence, unless there is a valid reason. The current lockdown is to be extended until January 31st.
The contact restrictions are also tightened: members of a household are only allowed to meet someone who does not live in the household. So far, up to five people from a maximum of two households are allowed to meet. Merkel spoke of a “return to the March measure”. This is correct, even if it is hard for people.
The Chancellor justified the tightening with the new corona mutation, which causes more infections per contact, as well as with the high load on the intensive care units. In some hospitals, this leads to “borderline situations”.
The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week was 134.7 on Tuesday, well above the targeted maximum value of 50. The number of new coronavirus-related deaths reported the previous day was at a high level on Tuesday at 944. Merkel pointed out that due to the holidays there is no clear data situation on Corona yet. The federal and state governments want to meet again on January 25th to discuss how to proceed.
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