The ruling coalition in Germany is discussing the possibility of lifting the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the COVID-19after one of the most prominent virologists in the country declared that the pandemic is over.
Germany has already lifted most of the restrictions, but unlike other European countries, it still requires face masks on buses and long-distance trains. In addition, it is mandatory to wear a face mask and have a negative test, in medical offices, hospitals and nursing homes.
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The rules on local transport correspond to the 16 regional governments of Germany, and some have already eliminated the obligation to put on face masks. Some have also removed the rule that COVID patients stay isolated at home.
The statements of Christian Drostena professor of virology at the Charite Hospital in Berlin, told the daily Tagesspiegel they have sparked a renewed debate on whether the restrictions should be lifted.
“We are experiencing the first endemic wave of SARS-COV 2 this winter; my assessment is that, with this, the pandemic is overDrosten said according to the newspaper. He added that the only reservation he has about it is the possibility of a new mutation of the virus emerging, “but I don’t expect that to happen.”
The Minister of Justice, Marco Buschmanstressed that Drosten has been one of the most cautious scientists during the pandemic, and “as a political consequence, we should end the last protective measures”. He stated on Twitter that the law allows repeal of the federal restrictions before their scheduled end of April 7 if the situation is better than anticipated in the fall “and that’s the case now”.
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Buschmann’s party, the Free Democrats, the smallest of the three that make up the chancellor’s coalition Olaf Schölzhas long been pushing for as few restrictions as possible.
But the other centre-left parties disagreed. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told the dpa news agency that “an immediate end to all measures” would be irresponsible.
Lauterbach indicated that the most vulnerable population still needs protection. He further stressed that the large number of cases are stretching the resources of the health system.
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