The federal and state governments in Germany agreed to extend the current blockade order to 3 weeks until March 7. The decision was reached after an online meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Chancellors of 16 states on the afternoon of February 10.
According to the VNA correspondent in Germany, some key points in the resolution passed after the conference include: blockage until March 7; The reopening of schools and kindergartens will be determined by states’ discretion; The barbershop can resume operation from 1/3 with the conditions of keeping epidemiological hygiene, controlling the number of visitors in and out, visitors must book an appointment and wear medical masks.
The resolution also approved further easing of restrictive measures if the infection rate drops below 35 cases in 7 days per 100,000 population, which will reopen retail stores with a guaranteed 20 square meter each customer to buy goods; Re-opening museums, exhibitions as well as services require close contact.
With these meetings, the federal government and the states have agreed to keep the current rule that allows only household members to meet with an outsider.
In addition, the resolution also recommends continuing to limit unnecessary travel. Working from home continues to be encouraged.
Speaking at the press conference after the conference, Chancellor Merkel warned of a third wave of infection during the COVID-19 crisis if people were not careful about the dangers of SARS-CoV- virus variants. 2. According to her, the period from now to mid-March will be a time of “survival” because the danger of the variations is very real.
Chancellor Merkel also thanked all classes of the people who have contributed to achieving the initial achievements in the fight against COVID-19 through personal actions, through work. work at home and travel less.
Chancellor Merkel also said that tough and stringent imposition of measures to date has worked as the number of new infections has decreased. She hopes schools can reopen this March.
Since education policy is the jurisdiction of the states, states have different routes to reopen local institutions. In Berlin and Brandenburg, elementary schools may be reopened step by step from February 22 to and could consider alternating school and home study. While in Hessen state, grades 5 and 6 can also reopen from February 22 to.
On the same day, the German pharmaceutical company Biontech announced that it had started production of the vaccine at a new facility in the city of Marburg (state of Hessen), about a month earlier than planned. With the new facility coming into operation, this will be one of the production facilities Vaccine The largest mRNA in Europe, with an annual production capacity of up to 750 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Biontech plans to produce up to 250 million doses of the vaccine here in the first half of 2021, and the first batches made in Marburg are scheduled to be delivered by early April 2021.
Before that, to meet the global demand for vaccines, Biontech and its counterpart, the US company Pfizer, has increased its vaccine production capacity to 2 billion doses in 2021./.