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Germany Rules Out Covid Lockdowns, School Closures This Winter

  • Latest measures agreed to fight resurgence expected in fall
  • Masks, targeted testing part of seven-point government plan
Olaf Scholz

Olaf Scholz

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

Germany’s governing coalition has ruled out lockdowns, curfews and closing schools this fall and winter in its latest update of pandemic strategy designed to deal with an expected resurgence of Covid-19 infections.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s three-party alliance published a seven-point plan Wednesday -- to take effect on Oct. 1 -- which includes ramping up inoculation with new vaccines, rolling out a so-called “pandemic radar” with data updated on a daily basis, a testing regime and special protection measures for hospitals and care homes.