Yekaterina Algaer: Does the crisis in Germany open new opportunities?

26 March 2020

The fear of pandemic, which is hard to control, has been growing. The number of deaths and new cases is increasing every day. Public events have been cancelled, whole regions have been quarantined. In Germany, the number of people infected with the coronavirus continues to grow. Ghost soccer matches, concerts, fares and other mass events have been canceled and rescheduled for a later date. Even the upcoming final exams at schools are under threat. German authorities began performing scheduled checks at the borders with Austria, France, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Switzerland. Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) announced comprehensive control and banned entries. “Travelers without a sufficient reason are banned from entering the country.”

Seehofer, Angela Merkel and several other prime ministers agreed with that. In addition to that, the federal government does not advice traveling abroad unless necessary. Bavaria became the first federal land, which introduced a full lockdown. However, there are exceptions from that rule. People are allowed leaving their homes if there are serious reasons for that. This, among others, includes certain types of work, grocery shopping, visits to pharmacies and doctors, providing support to other people as well as sports and physical exercise in the open – but either alone or with other people that share their residence. The goal of the measures undertaken by the government is to slow down the spread of the virus. The less people get infected at the same time, the better seriously ill patients will recover.

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