German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering to extend strict lockdown measures beyond Jan. 31 due to concerns over mutated versions of the coronavirus, local media reported on Tuesday.
Merkel told a closed-door meeting of lawmakers that they would need “eight to 10 more weeks of tough measures” to contain the spread of coronavirus, Bild daily reported citing participants in the meeting.
The chancellor reportedly expressed her concern over the mutated versions of the virus, and warned that the new daily cases may increase tenfold in April, if they would not impose stricter measures now.
Coronavirus-related deaths and new infections have continued to increase in Germany in recent weeks raising alarm among the authorities.
There are an estimated 322,846 active COVID-19 cases in the country as of Tuesday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
Currently, 5,230 seriously ill coronavirus patients are receiving treatment in intensive care units, with 3,000 of them on mechanical ventilators.
German health authorities voiced concern over the new virus variant B.1.1.7, which was first reported in the UK last month, and are still examining whether it played a role in the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the country.
German Health Ministry has prepared a new regulation this week, which would oblige laboratories to conduct more detailed testing, in order to detect infections with the mutated variants of coronavirus.
The new variant B.1.1.7 is up to 70% more transmissible than previously circulating variants, according to the preliminary studies in the UK.
Germany has the fifth-highest tally of COVID-19 infections in Western Europe, behind the UK, France, Italy, and Spain.
The national total now stands at over 1.93 million cases with at least 41,577 deaths.
Image Credit: © AA
The most interesting news
Lufthansa will soon depart on its longest passenger flight with polar explorers on board
On behalf of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute, the flight will operate with an Airbus A350-900 from Hamburg to the Falkland Islands.
TUI AG: CEO Fritz Joussen participates in capital increase
Fritz Joussen, CEO of TUI AG, is participating in the capital increase resolved at the Group's Extraordinary General Meeting on 5 January 2021.
Germany: Merkel's favorite elected CDU leader
Conservative-liberal politician Armin Laschet narrowly beats rival Friedrich Merz.
Emirates one of the first to trial IATA Travel Pass against COVID-19
Emirates has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to become one of the first airlines in the world to trial IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any gov
Denmark bans flights from UAE for 5 days
Decision taken due to doubts over reliability of COVID-19 tests carried out in Dubai, says Transport Ministry.
EU to debate idea of travel vaccination certificate
COVID-19 vaccination certificate is medical necessity, but its privileges need to be discussed: EU Commission president.
First Qatari plane in Egypt since reconciliation deal
The first Qatar Airways flight took off from Doha to Cairo on Monday following a reconciliation deal to settle a more than three-year dispute between Qatar and Egypt.
TUI AG announces early redemption of €300 million Senior Bond 2016/2021
TUI AG has announced that it will redeem the outstanding Senior Bond (Oct 2016 - Oct 2021) of 300 million euros early in accordance with the terms and conditions of the bond. The redemption on 23 February 2021 will be made at the nominal amount plus
Turkey: Winter fun captivates tourists in Cappadocia
In unique snow-covered landscape, tourists have myriad of activities to choose from to make best of winter holiday.
Madrid set to host key week for global tourism
The global tourism sector is starting the new year prepared to #RestartTourism when conditions allow, with the World Tourism Organization set to again bring together leaders from across the public and private sectors.
Turkey: Tourists love night skiing in Palandoken
Ski resort offers safe holiday to ski lovers amid coronavirus pandemic with natural beauties, kilometers of tracks.
Turkey’s ‘ice museum’ lets visitors take polar strolls
Exhibition hosts 22 works built from ice, including a map of Turkey and an igloo house.
Historical Turkish town draws tourists despite pandemic
Safranbolu attracted local, foreign tourists 9 times its population in 2020.
Secretary-General Pololikashvili nominated to lead UNWTO for four more years
The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has expressed its continued support for Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Meeting in Madrid, its members nominated him to continue leading the United Nations specialized agency for
East African bodies join hands to promote tourism
Travel agencies agree to revive industry hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden ends travel ban on Muslim countries
US 'was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance,' says president.
Reconnect with the world in 2021 with Emirates’ special fares
Emirates is launching its much-awaited global sale to inspire and encourage travelers to reconnect with family and friends or explore new destinations in the New Year. With attractive offers to select destinations worldwide, Emirates customers can ma
Global Tourism Crisis Committee meets to explore safe travel
The Global Tourism Crisis Committee has met for the first time in 2021.
EU postpones issuing ‘vaccination passports’
Bloc decides to strongly deter all non-essential travel within EU and with third countries.
Foreigners in Turkey satisfied with virus measures
Foreigners permanently residing in Turkey’s southwestern touristic district say they do not feel threatened by pandemic.