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Germany focusing on unvaccinated people as Omicron variant sweeping the globe

To combat the spread of Omicron, Germany’s authorities limited private New Year’s parties to ten people and prohibited spectators from football games on Tuesday but stopped short of implementing new coronavirus restrictions before Christmas.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated following discussions with Germany’s 16 regional leaders that the country is facing a “fifth wave” as the new, highly contagious Omicron form sweeps the world.

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“We are all tired of the epidemic, but that does not help us; we must once again stand united,” Scholz said as he unveiled additional regulations that would affect both vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens.

Germany will close nightclubs and dance clubs on December 28, he stated.

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To avoid big New Year’s gatherings, only ten persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 will be permitted to congregate for private gatherings.

Germany has recently imposed a ban on the sale of fireworks for the second year in a row in order to deter revellers.

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Scholz also said that this is not the time for cosy evenings and parties with a large group.

Unvaccinated individuals are only permitted to interact with two members of another household.

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The regulation does not apply to minors under the age of 14.

Large organised activities “will no longer take place with spectators, particularly football games,” Scholz stated, as of December 28.

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The Bundesliga in Germany’s first division is on holiday until January 7, but the return to so-called “ghost games” was widely predicted when Bavaria did so earlier this month.

Scholz’s administration and state premiers, on the other hand, ignored the Robert Koch Institute (RKI )’s request for “urgent” action against Omicron.

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The RKI made new recommendations on Tuesday, calling for “maximum contact limitations” as well as additional measures, including prohibiting non-essential travel and prolonging school vacations.

Angela Merkel’s cabinet earlier this month was taken over by Germany’s new Scholz-led administration, which took over has ruled out enforcing a lockdown for the time being.

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Scholz believed that Germans would behave “responsibly and prudently” throughout the festive season.

Germany recently slowed a severe fourth wave of the epidemic, in part by increasing booster vaccines and banning unvaccinated people from many aspects of public life.

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According to the RKI, the European Union’s most populated country acquired 23,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, down from a high of over 75,000 in late November.

According to Scholz, the fast-spreading Omicron variant is predicted to become the dominant strain “in a few weeks” and cause a rise in cases, citing the experiences of nations such as the United States, Britain and Denmark as examples.

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In the event of personnel shortages due to sickness, the German government has directed operators of key infrastructures, such as healthcare, energy suppliers and policing, to examine their emergency plans.

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