Germany approved, on Tuesday, tougher law to protect against infectious diseases, allowing it to impose coordinated restrictions on all its territory to better combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
The bill, which Parliament must approve, stipulates that federal authorities can impose a night curfew, reduce communication between individuals, and close shops that are considered non-essential when new infections exceed the threshold of 100 per 100,000 people for three consecutive days, according to Agence France-Presse.
This comes at a time when the German Statistical Office said: The country’s public sector deficit amounted to 189.2 billion euros in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which is the first deficit since 2013 and the highest in the budget since the reunification of Germany thirty years ago.
The pandemic, which killed more than 77,000 people in Germany, ravaged the largest economy in Europe, although the German economy proved to be more robust than many expected, partly because of the continued strong demand for exports from China.
The statistics office said, last week, that public spending increased 12.1% to 1.7 billion euros, as the government is doing its best to offset the impact of months of closure, while the tax revenue fell 3.5% to 1.5 trillion euros.
The number of epidemics in Germany has exceeded the three million mark, according to figures published by the Robert Koch Institute’s Center for Disease Control, on Monday.
The institute said: The total number of injuries now stands at 3,011,513, of which 13,245 were recorded the previous day, with 78,452 deaths.
The national casualty rate for the population in the last seven days was 136.4 per 100,000 people.