In Germany there is expectation for the new measures against Omicron

Germany will announce today the new measures to cope with the Omicron variant. According to a project consulted by AFP, the restrictions would start from December 28 with limitations for family reunions to a maximum of 10 people, provided that they are all immunized. The text will have to be discussed in a meeting between the government and the 16 lands. As for the unvaccinated, they can only invite a maximum of two people.

It is provided lat the end of all venues and clubs and sporting events will take place without spectators. The new Chancellor Scholz should also invite the population to “behave responsibly, limiting contacts and presenting themselves to meetings with an anti-Covid test carried out. They should not instead there are closures of bars, restaurants and shops which, however, will continue to limit access to those vaccinated or cured of Covid.

Consumers’ trust sinks with Omicron

German consumer confidence is set to deteriorate further early next year, as the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is clouding the prospects of Europe’s largest economy. The GfK Consumer Sentiment Index, based on a survey of around 2,000 Germans, fell to -6.8 points for the month of January, from a revised -1.8 points the previous month. The January reading is the lowest since June: expectations were for a lower decline, -2.5 points.

Consumer income expectations, another component of the barometer, fell 13.9 points over a month in December, to 17.1. The “high incidence rates due to the fourth wave of coronavirus and the significant increase in prices are weighing more and more,” commented Rolf B├╝rkl, an expert at the institute. Germany is facing a violent surge in the number of coronavirus infections for several weeks, which has led to fears of new restrictions ahead of the end of year holidays.

The measures for the holidays will be announced at the end of the emergency meeting between the government of Olaf Scholz, which took office this month, and the presidents of the regions. The critical health situation it is exacerbated by record inflation in the country, with prices soaring by more than 5% in November, the highest since 1992. The pandemic has also disrupted supply chains, causing shortages of raw materials and components, thus adding inflationary pressures.

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