Germany advocates confining the unvaccinated to contain the pandemic

BERLIN, Dec. 2 (DPA / EP) –

The German Health Minister, Jens Spahn, has advocated imposing a home confinement for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, a new initiative that, in any case, could end up applying the future government, with the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz at the front.

Spahn, a party partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has recognized the need for new restrictions to be agreed at the meeting that the central government and the representatives of the 16 states plan to hold on Thursday. The unvaccinated, he added, “represent a risk for the entire health system.”

“If you look at the intensive care units, if you look at the trend of infections, it is much higher among those who have not been vaccinated,” said the outgoing minister in statements to the ZDF chain. For this reason, he has proposed that these people be banned in “practically all areas”.

In addition, Spahn has proposed the cancellation of large events, or at least the reduction of capacity, as well as closures of nightlife venues.

Germany has slightly reduced the levels of contagion in recent days – the incidence of positives in seven days is around 440 per 100,000 inhabitants – but the minister assumes that at least during the next few days there will continue to be more than 6,000 patients in intensive care units.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which monitors the evolution of the pandemic, has notified 73,209 new cases this Thursday, bringing Germany closer to the threshold of 6 million registered infections. At least 102,178 patients have died, 388 more than on Wednesday.

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