Omikron strikes hard in our neighboring countries, but lockdown is not coming


The situation does not seem too worrisome in our eastern neighbours: the weekly average is 207 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. But the government is not convinced. The Minister of Health assessed that the figures were incomplete because test centers and laboratories would not operate at full capacity during the Christmas holidays.

“According to Minister Lauterbach, the actual number of infections could be three times higher than it seems. And despite this, there is no lockdown in Germany either,” said correspondent Wouter Zwart. “The new government is also very keen not to allow the lockdown to return.”

On the other hand, the country has a strict 2G policy. “Unvaccinated people are only allowed to travel by public transport, to supermarkets and to work. They have nowhere else to go. The rest of the population, on the other hand, can live almost normal lives: to markets, optometrists, cinemas. Large group gatherings remain limited. , but not as strict as in the Netherlands.”

What is more stringent by Germany is quarantining people infected with the omicron variant. If you are infected with the delta variant, you will need to self-isolate for ten days. If you have been vaccinated, you can leave quarantine after a week with a negative test.

But if you have omicron, you will need to be quarantined for fourteen days, as well as those you have come into contact with. Omikron makes no exceptions for people being vaccinated.

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