Lockdown extended in Germany
On Tuesday, the Chancellor of Germany and state premiers agreed to extend the lockdown for most shops and schools till February 14. They also made it mandatory to wear medical masks for passengers of public transport.
The next round of talks was originally scheduled for January 25, but leaders called for the meeting to be moved up, as the current restrictions are set to expire at the end of the month.
With regional authorities responsible for health policy under Germany’s federal system, the discussions are a critical — and at times contentious part of the country’s fight against the pandemic.
Schools, non-essential shops, restaurants and bars are already under lockdown since early November. Officials are considering night curfew, though it may only apply in areas with high number of infections.
The infection numbers have been going down for several weeks but Germany is facing a very aggressive mutation. Germany’s vaccination program has been after a very slow start, with more than 98,000 people receiving their shot on Thursday.