Europe currently doesn’t have enough vaccines to contain a third wave of the virus and restrictions already eased may need to be reimposed to slow the spread, Germany’s Health Minister admitted.
He added, “The rising case numbers may mean that we cannot take further opening steps in the weeks to come. On the contrary, we may even have to take steps backwards.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to meet state leaders again to discuss lockdown measures. With Germany now in the grip of a third wave, no further relaxations are expected, and the country could return to the tougher measures seen earlier in the pandemic.
Meanwhile, more regions in France, including Paris and the rest of the Ile-de-France region, will enter a four-week lockdown from Friday night following a surge in new infections, Prime Minister Jean Castex has said.
In the lockdown, schools will remain open but all non-essential shops will have to shut.