It was decided to extend the Corona virus restrictions, which are valid until January 31 in Germany, until February 14 by partially hardening.
Meeting with the state prime ministers at the video conference meeting, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the current measures did not show the expected effect, although there was a slight decrease in the number of cases, the new mutation of the virus seen in the UK and Ireland poses an unpredictable danger, emphasizing that it is inevitable to continue tougher shutdown measures. .
Stating that the capacity should be increased in laboratories to determine the extent to which the new type of virus has spread in Germany, Merkel said, “If the virus mutations continue to spread, there is a risk of accelerating the epidemic.” Stating that there is no alternative to lowering the number of cases quickly and without wasting time, Merkel drew attention to the need to be determined and patient against the epidemic, indexed to the target of reducing the number of new cases to below 50 per 100 thousand people.
After the 7-hour meeting, according to the new measures announced by Merkel at the press conference held at 21.30 in Germany, day care centers and schools that interrupted education on December 19 will remain closed until February 14, and distance education will continue. The new mutation is predicted to be more contagious among children and adolescents.
Another Covid-19 measure is to make the FFP2 type mask mandatory in public transportation vehicles and markets. FFP2 type masks, which have more intense filtering properties than medical masks, are generally used by professional healthcare professionals.
Merkel announced that, within the scope of the new measures, they asked employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to work from home until 15 March or to give them leave during the said period.
Apart from these new measures, all other restrictions that entered into force in Germany on December 16 will also remain in effect. Residents of a household will be allowed to meet with at most one person. All shops, cinemas, theaters and museums, restaurants, cafes, bars and canteens, beauty salons, hairdressers and gyms will continue to remain closed, except for businesses where basic necessities are sold. Doctors and health centers, pharmacies, gas stations, auto repair shops, optics, post offices and banks will remain open. In churches, synagogues and mosques, if the 1.5-meter distance rule and the obligation to wear an FFP2 mask are followed, worship can be held.
In Germany, where 11 thousand 369 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases increased to 2 million 52 thousand 28. The number of cases per 100 thousand population in a week was announced as 131.5. In Germany, where 989 people died in the last 24 hours, the number of people who died from the Corona virus was 47 thousand 622. According to the data of the institute, 1 million 145 thousand people have been vaccinated so far.
On the other hand, it was reported that the Berlin Tourism Fair (ITB), known as the world’s largest tourism fair, will be held online for the first time in its history due to the epidemic. ITB 2021, which tourism professionals will reach online, will be held between 9-12 March. Itb’y to fully canceled in 2020, less than in previous years, entering with a huge publicity campaign this year Turkey reportedly continued their work related to how the online participation. The Turkish tourism industry experienced a 77 percent loss last year compared to 2019, after 42 million 910 thousand 408 tourists, only 12 million 34 thousand tourists entered.