Germany to Impose a Tough Shutdown Following New Coronavirus Variant Fears

Germany to Impose a Tough Shutdown Following New Coronavirus Variant Fears

On Tuesday, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected to meet with regional leaders to develop strategic measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Germany had more than 2 million confirmed cases and more than 49k deaths since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic back in December 2019.

Germany is not the only country on the planet with fears of this deadly virus; if not controlled could wipe us all from the face of the earth. We have had so many countries imposing a complete lockdown back in 2020.

However, after several government discussions, most countries saw the need to resume their crushing economy with strict COVID-19 measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, and regularly washing hands.

One year down, the COVID-19 is yet to go away. The good news is that there seems to be a viable vaccine for the virus, and we can’t wait until when the whole world is declared COVID-free.

In early January, Germany tightened their country’s lockdown, but that doesn’t seem to control COVID-19 transmission as there are more confirmed numbers of new infections daily, and that’s why the country is hoping to reduce its citizen’s contact.

According to government spokesman Steffen Seibert, daily new infections are still high, and on Tuesday, there were over 11k coronavirus cases and nearly 1,000 deaths. That’s why the Chancellor and other leaders need to develop a contingency plan to help curb the spread of the deadly virus among the people.

Merkel is supposed to meet with the head of the country’s 16 landers over fears of a new coronavirus’s new variant. According to research, it’s more transmissible with over 70 percent chance than the former variant. And they believe such a variant could lead to a surge in new coronavirus infections in the country.

So far, most hospitals’ intensive care wards are overflowing with needy patients requiring respiratory aid, especially in areas where the infection rate is high, giving medical workers a tough time to help every patient. 

Through their medical workers, hospitals are asking the German government to extend or toughen the lockdown because they are on edge to reduce the COVID-19 transmission of the new and deadly variant.

Some of the restrictions the German government is expected to set include; a must to wear KN95 or FFP2 masks on public transportation, encourage employers to let people work from home, and nightly curfews. If followed, such measures will significantly reduce the surge in infections from the new variant of the novel coronavirus.

From the recent restrictions imposed in the country, the number of infections has stabilized. This indicates that a tougher lockdown may be effective in controlling or bringing down the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

Germany is still recording thousands of cases every day, but there is hope since they have already dispersed the COVID-19 vaccine. The numbers indicate that over 1.1 million people have received their first dose of the vaccine. 

With the COVID-19 vaccine already in circulation and a tougher lockdown, we anticipate few daily infection cases for Germany.

Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.

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