Merkel plans to introduce partial quarantine in Germany
On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel will require regional leaders to agree to the introduction of partial quarantine in Germany, as a result of which restaurants and bars will be closed, but schools will continue to work, according to the draft document, which Reuters had a chance to read..
To compensate for the losses to companies affected by the new restrictive measures, the Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz (Olaf Scholz) wants to allocate up to 10 billion euros in aid, said sources familiar with the matter.
Drastic measures that are supposedly coming into effect November 2, aims to contain the spread of coronavirus in Europe’s largest economy as new cases hit a record high this year.
In accordance with the new planned restrictions, people will only be able to go outside with members of their families and members of one other family. Fitness studios, discos and cinemas will close, as will theaters and concert venues.
Restaurants can only offer food Takeaway. Stores will be able to stay open if hygiene and preventive measures are taken and followed, and the number of shoppers at the facilities will be limited.
Angela Merkel is negotiating with the prime ministers of 16 countries to come up with nationwide rules that will replace the existing convoluted set of regional measures. She is expected to announce deciding later this afternoon or evening.
In almost all regions of Germany, there is an exponential increase in Covid-19 infection rates, it follows from the document under discussion, and local health authorities can no longer control and track all cases of infection..
«The goal is to quickly interrupt the dynamics of the spread of infection so that there is no need for any far-reaching restrictions on personal contact and economic activity during the Christmas period.», – the message says.
Germany was widely praised for keeping infection and mortality rates lower than many of its neighbors during the first phase of the crisis, but it is now in the midst of a second wave. Over the past 24 hours, the incidence has risen by 14,964 to 464,239, the German infectious disease agency (Robert Koch Institute) said on Wednesday. .
Deaths jump 85 to 10,183, raising concerns about the health care system after Merkel warned it could reach tipping point if the infection continues to spread.
«If we wait until the intensive care unit is full, it will be too late», – said the health minister Jens Spahn (Jens Spahn) who tested positive for coronavirus last week.
The government is desperate to avoid another complete isolation after economic growth plummeted by a record 9.7% in the second quarter in March-April..
Economists expect a rebound between July and September, but warn that further caps could offset growth in the last quarter. Q3 data to be released on October 30.
The government is seeking to provide assistance to companies affected by the closure, including in the field of culture. Sources told Reuters that Scholz wants to recoup 75% of lost profits for small and medium-sized companies forced to close in November. Large companies will receive 70%.