Merkel under pressure to follow UK lead and open up Germany once people are vaccinated

Germany 'nervous' about being 'too close' to UK says Adler

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On Tuesday, foreign minister Heiko Maas called on the Chancellor to open up Germany, joining Andreas Gassen, head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. Mr Maas told Deutsche Presse-Agentur: “If everyone in Germany has been offered the vaccine, there is no longer any legal or political justification for any restrictions.

“This can be expected by August.”

This is following Mr Gassen’s comment that, if the country is fully vaccinated, there is no reason to hesitate.

“By September at the latest, a jab will have been offered to everyone who wants to be vaccinated, and almost all corona measures will have to go,” he said.

“Everyone can then decide for themselves whether to continue wearing a mask — but it should no longer be compulsory.”

Currently, more than 55 percent of the German population has received their first jab.

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Nearly 40 percent is fully vaccinated and current restrictions do not apply to them nor do they have to isolate if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive.

Nightclubs and other high capacity events have been open since June in Berlin and a couple of other regions.

On Tuesday, Germany recorded 712 new Covid cases and 35 deaths.

In Germany, Covid restrictions vary by region. In many, it is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face mask outside, but people still have to wear them indoors.

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Germany has also relaxed certain travel restrictions, including people traveling from the UK.

From today, fully vaccinated people traveling from the UK, Portugal, Russia, India and Nepal won’t need to quarantine when arriving in Germany.

However, unvaccinated people will still need to quarantine, with an option to test out on the fifth day.

The restrictions on these countries was to slow the spread of the surging Delta Covid variant.

These five countries were classified as “virus variant” countries but now will be labelled as “high incidence areas”.

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