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Germany fears a winter wave of COVID as restrictions ease

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Germany is headed for a surge in COVID-19 cases this winter, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Friday, criticizing plans by four states to relax isolation rules for infected people.

Fearing that the number of infections could rise, Lauterbach said: “Then we would have an even stronger wave than we already fear and we are on the eve of a more infectious variant.”

The regional administrations of Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein do not have the approval of the federal government, Lauterbach added on the sidelines of a parliamentary session.

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A person seen in Berlin wearing a face mask. German health authorities fear that a new wave of COVID could peak as restrictions are relaxed in many parts of the country.

Those states, home to around two-fifths of the national population, announced in a joint statement Friday that they planned to abolish the national five-day quarantine period, meaning those who tested positive but feel well could leave their homes. homes if they wear a mask.

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Bavaria in the south will change its rules on Wednesday.

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