Germany’s health minister warns of winter COVID wave as states plan to relax

BERLIN, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Germany is headed for a surge in COVID-19 cases this winter, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Friday as he criticized four states’ plans to relax isolation rules for infected people has.

Fearing that infection numbers could rise, Lauterbach said: “Then we will 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 did not have the federal government’s approval, Lauterbach added on the sidelines of a parliamentary session.

Those states, home to about two-fifths of the national population, announced in a joint statement earlier Friday that they plan to scrap the national five-day quarantine period, meaning those who have tested positive but are feeling well , can leave their homes if they carry. a mask.

Bavaria in the south will change its rules as early as Wednesday.

Reporting by Alexander Hübner and Christian Kraemer, Writing by Rachel More; editing by Matthias Williams

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