“HeySpeaking to Bild am Sonntag, Braun said the vaccination would have more freedoms than the unvaccinated.
The German minister added that if infections continue to rise, those who have not been vaccinated will have to reduce their contacts again, even if the strategy of intensive testing of the population continues.
“This may mean that going to restaurants, cinemas or stadiums is not possible for unvaccinated people, even if they test negative, because the risk is very high,” he said.
The weekly infection rate in Germany is currently 13.8 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Virology.
Although the level is still relatively low, the upward trend worries the German authorities, after the July 6 weekly rate hit its lowest level with 4.9 infections per 100,000 population.
The minister also defended maintaining the obligation to use masks in public transportation, closed places, and during studies.
Brown fears the rising infection could lead to 100,000 infections a day in September as the school year opens and 850 weekly infections per 100,000 residents.
In the past 24 hours, Germany recorded 1,387 new cases of COVID-19 compared to 1,292 in the previous week, at a time when about 48.5% had received the full vaccination schedule for the coronavirus vaccine and 60.6% had received the first dose.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, there have been 376,092 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 9,2001 deaths associated with the disease in Germany.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed at least 4.1 million people worldwide, among more than 192.5 million cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the latest report from AFP.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.
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