Conservatives in Germany Call for Vaccine Mandates, Lockdowns of Unvaccinated

Conservative politicians in Germany are calling for federal and state governments to introduce mandatory vaccine requirements for the public and even issue lockdowns for the unvaccinated amid a new wave of COVID-19 infections.

Several members of Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s conservative bloc on Sunday said the measures should be implemented to ramp up the nation’s relatively low vaccination rate of just 68 percent, according to Reuters.

“We’ve reached a point at which we must clearly say that we need de facto compulsory vaccination and a lockdown for the unvaccinated,” Tilman Kuban, head of the youth wing of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), wrote in Die Welt newspaper.

That statement comes after Germany’s seven-day coronavirus infection rate rose to its highest levels since the pandemic began for the second week in a row. On Thursday, the country also reported its highest single-day surge in cases at 65,371 new infections.


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