On January 7, 2022, Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz informed that the country would tighten the restrictions on bars and restaurants while easing isolation rules to counter the surging of a new variant COVID-19 called Omicron.
Chancellor Scholz spoke with the 16 leaders of Germany and mentioned that the people who are fully immunised or recovered and people who could provide a negative test would have permission to enter into bars and restaurants.
Although, the people who have received the booster shots against the deadly virus will not require any type of test of COVID-19 pandemic to show.
While emphasising the benefits of tightening the rules, Scholz asserted,” The rules which is known as “2G Plus” were “strict”; however, these rules are necessary to help us progress more quickly in the battle against the new variant Omicron”. He further urged that the virus will remain along with us for a long time”.
Further, the administration of Germany will also relax the Quarantine rules to make the vital services be operated and prevent the infrastructure from closing due to the shortages of staff.
Moreover, Scholz also informed that the people who have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, as well as the person who came in close contact, could end their isolation period after ten days if they do not show any symptoms, and they can finish their isolation period after seven days if they provide a negative test.
Scholz also cited that their administration has planned to introduce mandatory vaccination for every person in the country.
Further, On Friday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) health agency has reported that a total of 56,335 individuals have
been diagnosed with the contagious mutant in the past 24 hours. The infection rate of the new cases of COVID-19 is 303.4 percent per 100,000 people over the past seven days.
Chancellor expected,” The infection due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will increase, and the country will face the surge of the virus in the upcoming days”.