Germany does not expect extra covid curbs this winter - minister

Press conference on German coronavirus disease (COVID-19) figures, in Berlin
German Health Minister Jens Spahn addresses a press conference on the situation of flu vaccines and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Berlin, Germany October 6, 2021. Odd Andersen/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Germany does not expect to have to impose any further coronavirus-related restrictions this autumn and over the coming winter, since the vaccination rate is higher than previously thought, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Thursday.

He said that a study by the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases had shown that the number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 was 5% higher than believed, meaning existing rules requiring people to show evidence of showing a negative test or having been vaccinated or recovered on entering an indoor space or event should be enough.

"As things stand, this vaccination rate means no further restrictions are needed," he said.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke, writing by Thomas Escritt, editing by Kirsti Knolle

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