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Germany state Baden-Württemberg set to impose Covid restrictions on unvaccinated

Tougher rules for those who have not been vaccinated could come into force in Baden-Württemberg in south-west Germany, should the number of people in intensive care rise above a certain level, state ministers have proposed.

Germany state Baden-Württemberg set to impose Covid restrictions on unvaccinated
Visiting restaurants may not be an option for those who haven't had a Covid jab in Baden-Württemberg soon as the state could reintroduce restrictions. picture alliance/dpa | Christoph Schmidt

“If 200 to 250 intensive care beds are occupied, we will consider introducing contact restrictions for unvaccinated adults,” Uwe Lahl, head of the Ministry of Social Affairs in Baden-Württemberg, told German paper Bild am Sonntag.

Such measures would include those already introduced in previous lockdowns, such as only two families being allowed to meet, he said.

And, above 300 intensive care patients, unvaccinated adults – even those with a negative test – could also be banned from visiting restaurants and concerts.

Thomas Strobl, the state’s Minister of the Interior, also felt tougher restrictions were needed for those who hadn’t been vaccinated, the CDU politician told the paper.

“If it hits the intensive care unit, you have to act. It would be wrong to hold everyone jointly liable, including those who have been vaccinated – that is why there will be different rules for those who have not been vaccinated than for those who have.”

In the south-west state, there are currently around 100 patients with Covid-19 being treated in intensive care. According to the state’s health authority, Lahl’s limit of 200 to 250 intensive care patients could be reached in a week, Bild reported.

At the peak of the second and third waves, over 600 patients were treated in intensive care in the state.

Bavarian health minister Klaus Holetschek also supported the suggestions, the paper reported. He said it was right to already be thinking about future measures, such as contact restrictions “to protect the health system”.

These came after Hamburg’s “2G option model” for event organisers and business owners came into force on Saturday, effectively banning unvaccinated people from venues who chose to sign up to the option. 

READ ALSO: 3G to 2G: Hamburg venues can allow entry for Covid-vaccinated and recovered people only 

READ ALSO: Germany’s 16 states bring in uniform Covid-19 rules

According to the latest figures, 60.1 percent of people in Germany are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with just under 65 percent having had at least one shot.

More than 90 percent of Covid patients in intensive care wards had not received their jabs, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn said Tuesday.

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    1. Germany is the country that is doing it right. People deserve protection from Covidioten (German term) who think they have a ‘right’ to endanger others.

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.

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