Germany to ban unvaccinated citizens from large parts of public life
Angela Merkel has confirmed unvaccinated people will be excluded from nonessential stores, cultural and recreational venues
Merkel also said that parliament will debate the possibility of imposing a general vaccine mandate that would come into force as early as February.Finance minister Olaf Scholz, who is expected to be elected chancellor by a center-left coalition next week, said on Tuesday that he backs a general vaccine mandate, but favors letting lawmakers vote according to their personal conscience rather than party lines on the matter.
The rise in covid-19 cases over the past several weeks and the arrival of the new omicron variant have prompted warnings from scientists and doctors that medical services in the country could become overstretched in the coming weeks unless drastic action is taken. Some hospitals in the south and east of the country have already transferred patients to other parts of Germany because of a shortage of intensive care beds.
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