June 30, 2022

LIVE – Covid-19: Germany to introduce restrictions for the unvaccinated

Vaccination becomes compulsory for staff in hospitals and nursing homes in Germany

Germany will make vaccination compulsory for staff in hospitals and nursing homes, the country’s authorities have announced.

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Covid: Germany to introduce restrictions for the unvaccinated

Germany will generalize specific restrictions for the unvaccinated, such as their exclusion from certain public places, in order to combat the outbreak of Covid-19 infections, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Thursday after a crisis meeting.

The so-called “2G” rule, which allows only the vaccinated (“geimpfte”) and the cured (“genesene”) to access public places such as restaurants or concert halls will be applied as soon as the hospitalization threshold exceeds three Covid patients per 100,000 inhabitant, she said, which is the case in most regions of the country.

Map of the evolution of the incidence rate in France

This map of the evolution of the incidence rate in France makes it possible to understand the dynamics of the Covid-19 epidemic: the number of cases is increasing in practically all the departments.

The incidence rate map in France. © BFM

No new restrictions in Switzerland despite the scale of the number of contaminations

The Swiss Minister of Health has dismissed new restrictions for the time being to deal with the fifth wave of the pandemic, while daily infections are at their highest level of 2021.

“We are clearly facing the fifth wave,” admitted Federal Health Councilor Alain Berset during a press briefing on Thursday. The future of the pandemic “will depend on the behavior of all”, he warned, hoping nevertheless “to control the evolution with the current measures”.

Austria could completely redefine two of its regions

Two regions of Austria, those of Upper Austria and Salzburg, could reconfine their entire population, according to the Reuters news agency, because of the scale of the Covid-19 epidemic. The decision will be made if the government does not decide to completely contain the country.

“If no national containment is ordered tomorrow, there will certainly have to be a multi-week lockdown in Upper Austria with our neighboring province of Salzburg from next week,” said conservative Upper Austria governor Thomas Stelzer.

For now, Austria is imposing lockdown only for people who are not vaccinated.

Slovakia implements curfew for unvaccinated people

Slovak head of government Eduard Heger announced that unvaccinated Slovaks would have to adhere to a curfew from Monday and for three weeks.

This Wednesday, the country detected more than 8,000 of Covid-19 contamination. Slovakia has 5.5 million inhabitants.

United States orders 10 million treatments of its anti-Covid pill from Pfizer

The US government has ordered the Pfizer laboratory for 10 million treatments of its anti-Covid pill for $ 5.29 billion subject to the green light from health authorities, President Joe Biden assuring that they will be distributed free of charge.

The antiviral treatment, which will be marketed as Paxlovid, has been shown to be 89% effective against hospitalizations and death in clinical trials, when taken within three days of symptom onset.

Washington’s order calls for the delivery of the 10 million treatments, the first by the end of the year and in 2022.

Vaccination centers will reopen in France

Vaccination centers, which had closed at the end of the summer after six months of a mass vaccination campaign, will “resume activity” to help with the booster dose, the government spokesman announced on Thursday. Gabriel Attal.

People 65 years of age already have the option of receiving a third dose of the vaccine.

On BFMTV from 9 p.m., a special evening dedicated to the fifth wave of the epidemic

“Fifth wave: should we be worried?”. Aurélie Casse, Maxime Switek and Margaux de Frouville will receive this Thursday evening Professor Arnaud Fontanet, member of the Scientific Council, Jean-François Timsit, head of the intensive care unit and infectious diseases at Bichat hospital in Paris, and Alain Combes, head of the medical intensive care unit at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris. They will react to the deterioration of the health situation in France: are hospitals ready for a fifth wave? Does the government need to take further action?