Faces plagued by real problems, for a change. Problems like finding new sources of energy that will keep your homes heated and your economy running (and breaking free from your dependency on Russian energy = 50%), skyrocketing inflation, dire economic forecasts and that little war thing going on in Ukraine just a few miles down the road, for instance. COVID-19? What’s COVID-19?
Starting Friday, a number of rules and restrictions went away in much of Germany. That means no more masks in most shops, and no more proof of vaccination or day-of test in restaurants. Though some public transportation systems, individual businesses and institutions will keep mask requirements in place, the move to drop the majority of mandates tracks with many of Germany’s neighbors.
That means: There are other solutions. There are better alternatives.
And suddenly, inexplicably, despite the GROWING NUMBER of coronavirus infections, most German pandemic restrictions will now no longer be necessary. Makes one wonder if they were necessary in the first place. Hmmm.
German lawmakers vote to abolish most pandemic restrictions – Lawmakers in Germany have voted to abolish most of the country’s coronavirus pandemic restrictions despite a surge in infections, with almost 300,000 new daily cases reported
That means Freedom Day. And they’re celebrating Freedom Day – in Sweden.
Remember Sweden? The country that never had any COVID19 lockdowns or suffered from accute mask or vaccination psychosis? You know, the country that was never in the news? Of course you don’t remember Sweden. You’re not supposed to.
We never divided the people – No lockdown, hardly any rules: Professor explains why the path has been successful.
“Hopefully, research will soon show which actions were good and which were bad. Many decisions were made by politicians who wanted to demonstrate decisiveness. But health authorities also often had no knowledge base for their decisions. I think Sweden could have done a better job in the first weeks of the pandemic. For example, when it came to letting people come to work who had just arrived from abroad. But I’m glad we were never in a lockdown.”
That means mandatory vaccination. And those signs down there read “for free vaccination decisions” and “no to mandatory vaccination.”
Tens of thousands of people are protesting against the latest restrictive COVID measures in German cities all over the country. And it’s fun to watch the state media squirm. They’re clearly finding it more and more difficult labelling these people wackos.
In Hamburg, some 13,700 people attended a demonstration against the restrictions, police said.
Under the banner, “Stop the corona dictatorship,” 4,000 protested in Düsseldorf.
Around 5,000 people rallied in Frankfurt, according to the police.
That means riots. You know, like the “riot” taking place in the photo of this anti-Covid measure demonstration down there?
Germany Erupts in Protests Over COVID Mandates, Police Officers Injured in Riots – The protests come as the German government implemented new restrictions this month to deal with the Omicron variant, which is believed to be more transmissible than other variants.
Earlier in December, Germany announced limits on private gatherings that were to begin Tuesday. The restriction is intended to limit the number of people holding large gatherings on New Year’s Eve. A maximum of 10 vaccinated people are allowed to attend a private gathering. If someone who is unvaccinated attends, only one other household can go to the gathering.
German lawmakers have approved a law mandating that medical staff be vaccinated, according to the broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
“Now is not the time for parties in large groups.”
Nah. Now we’ll turn it up a notch higher and make vaccinations compulsory. What could possibly go wrong?
Man Killed Family, Then Self, Over Faked Vaccine Pass -German Prosecutor – A man who killed his wife and three young children before taking his own life had faked a vaccination certificate and feared his children would be taken away from him when the forgery was discovered, a German prosecutor said on Tuesday.
Police found two adults, both 40, and three children aged four, eight and 10 dead from gunshot wounds in a family home in Koenigs Wusterhausen south of Berlin on Saturday.
In a farewell note found by police, the man said he forged a vaccination certificate for his wife. Her employer had found out, prompting the couple to fear they would be arrested and lose their children, prosecutor Gernot Bantleon told Reuters.
For that traditional German Christmas Market feeling.
And then the next stupid Covid wave comes along and ruins everything! I’ll just have to drink my Glühwein at home alone, I guess.
Munich’s iconic Christmas market has been canceled for the second year in a row due to a significant rise in Covid-19 cases in Germany.
The “bitter news” was announced by the city’s mayor Dieter Reiter, who said he’d been left with no choice but to call off the popular event, which usually attracts around three million people annually, as the country grapples with record breaking infection rates.
But some of them are wearing those red cardboard noses. Do they count?
The carnivals are being held despite the fact Germany is undergoing a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, setting a record Wednesday for the number of daily infections.
And while the vaccine requirement was strictly enforced, the streets of Cologne were filled with people, side by side, without masks.
Thursday’s celebrations began with a somewhat ominous sign – designated so-called prince for the Cologne carnival, Sven Oleff, had tested positive for COVID-19 the previous day, a breakthrough case since he is fully vaccinated. The festival committee said he showed no symptoms and was feeling well.
The same reason every other country out there is ill-prepared – with the possible exception of China.
Nobody knows what they’re doing. The Germans just don’t know what they’re doing particularly well.
Why can’t Germany deal with the new COVID crisis?
Germany is deep into its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but yet again its authorities and politicians seem ill-prepared. Has no one learned from the mistakes?
It goes like this, if you haven’t noticed:
Laurel: Get vaccinated to protect others. Hardy: OK. Got vaccinated. Laurel: And keep wearing a mask to protect others. Hardy: But I got vaccinated. Laurel: The vaccinated are just as contagious as the unvaccinated. Hardy: Then why did I get vaccinated? Laurel: To protect others.