Proof of travel and dining?
At a later date, the member states postponed the public discussion that was already being held back then about whether such a vaccination certificate should also be used in everyday life, for example to gain access to restaurants or to be able to travel.
The federal government had also ruled out exceptions for vaccinated persons from the applicable restrictions to contain the corona pandemic. Above all, she pointed out that, at least for the still small proportion of those vaccinated, it must also be clarified whether those who have been vaccinated can still transmit the virus.
In view of the increasing number of corona infections, the federal government also urges caution in the event of possible loosening of the existing rules. Seibert said there are already significant opening steps, especially at daycare centers and schools. “We have to look very carefully at how that works.”
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert
The R value, which indicates how many people infected by an infected person, is “again clearly above one”.
The first wave of opening is rolling”
Admittedly, a “sensible opening strategy” should continue to be discussed with the states, said Seibert with a view to the next federal-state summit meeting on March 3rd. However, it must be taken into account that “the first wave of opening is currently rolling”. In addition to daycare centers and schools, Seibert also referred to the opening of garden centers and hardware stores in several federal states and, soon, that of hairdressing salons. This already means “a considerable increase in contacts”.
The government spokesman was silent on the question of whether there could be stricter testing requirements or stationary controls.
South African variant on the rise
The background to this are reports that the French Moselle department could be classified as a high-risk area or as a virus variant area. In the past few days, numerous infections with the South African variant of the corona virus had occurred in the border area on the German side. However, there are concerns about new border closings because of the close cross-border ties in the region.
Metz – here the view of the Saint-Étienne cathedral – is the capital of the Moselle department
The South African variant of the corona virus is also widespread in Tyrol.
The Corona cabinet, which meets every Monday, is headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Other participants are the head of the chancellery, the interior and foreign ministers as well as the heads of the health, defense and finance departments.
sti / ml (afp, dpa, rtr)