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Germany: Lauterbach advocates for mandatory masks indoors as COVID-19 cases rise03:56

Germany: Lauterbach advocates for mandatory masks indoors as COVID-19 cases rise

Germany, Berlin
October 12, 2022 at 20:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

The German Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, replied to the Bundestag members' questions during the parliament's session in Berlin on Tuesday. During his intervention, the minister called on federal states to review COVID-19 restrictions as cases had risen in Germany, and he advocated for retrieving the compulsory masks indoors.

"We have enabled the federal states to take appropriate infection protection measures with the available data, in particular to implement mandatory use of masks indoors, but also if that would be necessary to extend it, even outdoors, but that is not on the horizon now," he said.

Lauterbach also announced the set up of the 'pandemic radar' for the federal states to receive information and react 'relatively early'.

"I think we can be reasonably satisfied overall with the way we have managed the pandemic so far, because compared to other European countries we have been able to achieve a mortality rate that was about half as high," Lauterbach sressed.

Asked by AfD parliament members, German Health Minister reassured the COVID-19 vaccines have been properly tested and are safe for the population.

The colder weather of autumn and winter is likely to boost the incidence of airborne diseases, such as COVID-19. Ahead of the season, The German government has been tightening health security measures during the last days.

Germany: Lauterbach advocates for mandatory masks indoors as COVID-19 cases rise03:56
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The German Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, replied to the Bundestag members' questions during the parliament's session in Berlin on Tuesday. During his intervention, the minister called on federal states to review COVID-19 restrictions as cases had risen in Germany, and he advocated for retrieving the compulsory masks indoors.

"We have enabled the federal states to take appropriate infection protection measures with the available data, in particular to implement mandatory use of masks indoors, but also if that would be necessary to extend it, even outdoors, but that is not on the horizon now," he said.

Lauterbach also announced the set up of the 'pandemic radar' for the federal states to receive information and react 'relatively early'.

"I think we can be reasonably satisfied overall with the way we have managed the pandemic so far, because compared to other European countries we have been able to achieve a mortality rate that was about half as high," Lauterbach sressed.

Asked by AfD parliament members, German Health Minister reassured the COVID-19 vaccines have been properly tested and are safe for the population.

The colder weather of autumn and winter is likely to boost the incidence of airborne diseases, such as COVID-19. Ahead of the season, The German government has been tightening health security measures during the last days.