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Germany Limits Access to Restaurants to Check Omicron Surge

  • Officials also agree to cut quarantine period to seven days
  • Incidence rate has started rising again after December decline
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Germany tightened restrictions on access to restaurants and cafes and vowed to accelerate vaccinations in an effort to keep the rapidly spreading omicron strain of the coronavirus in check.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz and regional leaders agreed in a video call Friday that people who are vaccinated but haven’t yet had a booster shot and those who have recovered from Covid-19 will still have to provide a negative test at restaurants, cafes and similar establishments. Officials are seeking to tackle the latest surge in infections by limiting social contact without resorting to sweeping lockdown measures like shuttering businesses and schools.