Germany set to tighten work-from-home rules amid fears of COVID variants | Inquirer News
Close  

Germany set to tighten work-from-home rules amid fears of COVID variants

/ 05:26 PM January 19, 2021
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to agree with regional leaders on stricter requirements for working from home, among other measures, as they try to rein in the coronavirus, leading politicians said Tuesday.  New infections have been decreasing in recent days and pr

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on the start of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinations, in Berlin, Germany, January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to agree with regional leaders on stricter requirements for working from home, among other measures, as they try to rein in the coronavirus, leading politicians said Tuesday.

New infections have been decreasing in recent days and pressure on intensive care units has eased slightly, but virologists are worried about the possible spread of more infectious variants of the virus.

ADVERTISEMENT

National and regional leaders meet on Tuesday to decide on extending a current lockdown which has closed most shops and schools and introducing new restrictions.

“The infection numbers have been going down for several weeks or stagnating and that’s good. Now we are facing a very aggressive mutation that we have to respond to,” Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller told German television.

FEATURED STORIES

Mueller said curfews, already in place in states including southern Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg, would be under discussion but were unlikely to be imposed everywhere.

“(On curfews) states will want to decide on the basis of infection numbers in individual states,” he said.

The focus would be on boosting working from home, he said.

“There are some places of production where workers have to be present but there is much more room for maneuver,” said Mueller, adding states aimed to get employees to have to justify why employees had to come to work.

Also up for discussion is the compulsory wearing of heavy-duty masks in shops and on public transport which offer more protection than cloth coverings, said Mueller.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases had risen by 11,369 to 2.05 million, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday. The death toll was up 989 at 47,622.

“We will have to step it up a notch to bring the current early successes to the finish line,” Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told broadcaster RTL/n-tv.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Angela Merkel, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Germany, Health, NcoV, pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, Virus, work
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.