Germany Mulling Lockdowns Pre and Post Christmas

Germany’s government is expected to decide on new restrictions before and after Christmas as COVID-19 cases rise due to the Omicron variant.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has called for immediate “maximum contact restrictions,”  while Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany’s 16 state governors are still meeting. 

“Overall, the health risk to the population is assessed as “very high”. The Institute warns against a sudden increase in the number of cases. The heads of the federal and state governments will discuss tougher Corona measures in Germany on Tuesday,” said the RKI. 

There was a recent leaked German government document that detailed plans to limit inside and outside public gatherings to a maximum of 10 people but was planned for after Christmas.

Establishments such as nightclubs would also be closed while larger events may be canceled. 

Hamburg will already impose similar restrictions starting on Christmas Eve while other states have yet to decide. 

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach earlier said that a lockdown before Christmas was out of the question but warned that the country will face a “massive wave” due to the omicron variant of the virus. 

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