Since December 16 Germany announced the strictest quarantine in the history of the country due to the pandemic of a new type of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced this in a televised speech.
He called the situation in the country dire and stated that the spread of the infection threatens to spiral out of control. He stressed that previous measures were not enough to defeat the virus. Steinmeier urged Germans not to see their relatives in person during the Christmas celebrations. He believes that it is possible to give presents and spend time together later and now it is necessary to cope with the epidemic.
The president also expressed his hope for vaccinations. He predicted that mass vaccinations will begin shortly after 2021.
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned in early December that the quarantine in Germany would be extended. She stressed that it was not worth loosening restrictive measures because of the Christmas celebration if the situation with the epidemic did not begin to change.