Germany could drop COVID restrictions by the end of March

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Germany could lift restrictions on COVID-19 by the end of March, following the example of European countries that have already done so. The issue will soon be submitted to the German parliament, he writes Westdeutsche Zeitung.

At the end of 2021, amendments to the Law on Epidemiological Protection (Infektionsschutzgesetz, IfSG) came into force in Germany, according to which the authorities of the federal states are empowered to take measures to combat the pandemic independently.

His colleague, spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, Johannes Fechner, also said: "In the coming weeks, we will consider whether it is necessary to extend the protection measures against coronavirus after March 19."

Of course, not all German politicians support the idea of ​​early lifting of all anti-VOCID measures, and doctors have warned of the threat of an increase in the number of infections in the event of a hasty easing of restrictions.

However, while the incidence curve in Germany is still increasing, the number of patients in intensive care units continues to decline. If at the beginning of December 2021, there were about five thousand patients in intensive care, now there are about 2500 people in intensive care. At the same time, 74,2% of the country's population is fully vaccinated, and 53,6% of the population has already received a booster dose of the vaccine.

Given that European countries have gradually begun to relax their internal anti-VOCID rules, and some are opening up borders for third-country travelers, it is clear that the trend towards a resumption of tourism is gradually beginning.

According to a study by the Accor hotel group, more than 76% of Germans surveyed plan a trip this year and want to increase their holiday budget by an average of 30% compared to 2019. Thus, once the German authorities allow citizens to travel freely, they can "invade" the resorts of Turkey and Egypt, as well as Greece.

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