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Germany: States Discuss Easing of Corona Restrictions

Because of the decreasing number of new Coronavirus infections, the governments of several federal states were going to discuss an easing of more restrictions. In one state, the Seven Day Incidence has even dropped below 10.

Berlin, June 8th, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) — Exactly 497 days after the very first Coronavirus infection was reported in Germany, the situation is improving on a daily basis. The country’s Seven Day Incidence now stands at 22.9. Out of 412 counties, only 19 are above 50, but all of them have been below 100 for several days now. There is no Corona hotspot anymore among Germany’s sixteen federal states. Even Thuringia has low numbers. With a harmless Incidence of 27.3, it even looks better than Baden-Württemberg (28.0) and Saarland (28.5).

Cabinet Meetings

Because of the falling infection numbers, several states are getting ready to lift more Corona restrictions. In Saxony, First Minister Michael Kretschmer and his government intend to change the mandatory Corona test rule. In some areas, it is not supposed to apply anymore. The rules for hotels are supposed to be eased too, meaning the state is opening up for tourists again, which is a good sign. A cabinet meeting in Dresden is scheduled for 1:00 p.m..

Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania has an Incidence of 8.7. For that reason, the government of First Minister Manuela Schwesig intends to prepone an easing of Corona rules initially planned for June 21st. Sports competitions might soon have audiences again. Family celebrations with up to 60 participants will probably be allowed as well. Recently, Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania had reopened for tourists from other federal states. For months, even owners of holiday apartments were not allowed to enter this northern state.

Dance Events

In the city state of Berlin, Culture Senator Klaus Lederer seems to want to let clubs organize outdoor dancing events. It would be the first time clubs are allowed to do anything since last year. One of the issues is the noise outdoor dance parties spread in the city. These days, the Senate might come up with a perspective for club owners and party people, since the situation in the German capital has improved a lot as well.

Berlin has twelve districts. In only one of them — of course it is Neukölln — the Incidence is still above 50. Spandau, Mitte and Marzahn-Hellersdorf reported Incidences above 30. In the past 24 hours, one person in Berlin died of COVID-19. The number of Corona patients who are being treated at hospitals in Berlin has decreased to 221, of which 133 are in intensive care. Eighty-six patients are connected to respirators.

Vaccination Numbers

By now, more than 45 percent of all Germans have received at least one of two required vaccination shots. The percentage of those who got the second shot too is 21.3.

All relevant Corona numbers for Germany, and daily Corona updates, can be found in our Corona chronology.

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