As Austria prepares for national isolation next week, neighboring Germany’s health minister suggested on Friday that a similar measure remains an option for his much larger country as coronavirus cases there continue to hit record levels.
“We are in a position where nothing can be ruled out,” Minister Jens Spahn said at a press conference in response to a reporter’s question about quarantine for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
His remark came the day after legislators in parliament voted to force unvaccinated people to go to work or use public transport to provide daily test results. The country’s adult vaccination rate is about 79 percent.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors also agreed on Thursday night to demand proof of coronavirus vaccination or recovery for people visiting restaurants, bars and hairdressers or attending events in states where hospital beds are running low.
On Friday, the governor of Saxony, Germany’s worst-hit by the latest virus outbreak, announced new restrictions starting Monday, including a ban on certain events and larger gatherings, regardless of vaccine status among those present. Gov. Michael Kretschmer said state legislators will approve the measures Friday afternoon.