German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced additional lockdown orders going into Easter on Tuesday warning that the new variants are deadlier and more infectious.
“We are now basically in a new pandemic. The British mutation has become dominant,” said Merkel after a late-night video conference with leaders of Germany’s 16 states.
“Fundamentally, we face a new virus of the same kind but with very different characteristics,” she said. “More deadly, more infectious, and infectious for longer.”
Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn warned recently that vaccines were not going to rise quickly enough to prevent a third wave of the pandemic. New infections, he said, were rising at an “exponential rate” and there was not enough vaccine to stop the increase.
German churches will be closed for Easter services and no more than five adults from tow households will be allowed to meet over the holiday. In addition, most shops will be closed according to Deutsche Welle.
Thus far, it’s been reported that an estimated 9% of Germans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The European Union is sparring with the U.K. over who will get the vaccines. The continent is facing an ongoing shortage. Last weekend, France announced that Paris was under a mandatory lockdown order. Parisians are only allowed to travel in a 6 miles radius from their homes for exercise.