Germany may return to normal life in the second half of 2021, Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a virtual meeting with students.
If we succeed with the vaccine, we will have relatively high hope that we will have a more normal situation by the autumn semester, but the winter will be challenging, RIA Novosti quotes her.
The fall semester at German universities is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2021.
The German Ministry of Health believes that vaccination will cover 60% of the country's population by autumn. According to epidemiologists, it would be enough to stop the uncontrolled spread of the infection.
Germany is to apply stringent quarantine measures from December 16 until January 10. The country will close all retail outlets, except for food, household, and some other stores with essential goods. Barbershops, beauty and massage parlors, tattoo parlors, kindergartens, and schools will suspend operations. Meanwhile, banks, pharmacies, post offices, auto repair shops, gas stations, pharmacies, newsstands, pet stores will continue their work. Germany also prohibits fireworks in busy squares and streets and the sale of pyrotechnics during the New Year holidays.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Germany has the 12th highest incidence of coronavirus in the world. During the pandemic, the country has reported 1.3 million infection cases, including 14,400 over the past day. Meanwhile, 22,600 people succumbed to the deadly pathogen.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that Merkel said a new wave of COVID might come to Germany.