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Germanys daily number of new COVID-19 cases surpassed 290,000, a record high. Germanys Robert Koch Institute announced on the 17th that there were 294,931 new cases of COVID-19. It broke the record for the most after 267,542 people on the 10th. The daily death toll stood at 278.
The German Bundestag began discussing a bill that would make vaccination compulsory from October. Of the total population in Germany, 76.5% of the population vaccinated with the primary vaccine, 75.8% with the secondary vaccine, and 58.1% with the tertiary vaccine. Germanys Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said mandatory vaccination could end the pandemic and that if this opportunity is not seized, the same situation will repeat itself in the fall.
The German Bundestag has introduced a bill that will make the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory for adults 18 years of age and older from 1 October until 2023. A bill has also been proposed to make vaccination compulsory for all people over the age of 50. The House of Representatives plans to vote in three weeks to decide whether to introduce mandatory vaccinations.
On the other hand, the Italian government is planning to lift the health emergency on the 31st and start recovering from the COVID-19 situation. It has been over two years and two months since the health emergency was introduced in January 2020. Accordingly, workers over the age of 50 can go to work from the 1st of next month only by presenting a negative COVID-19 certificate. From May 1, you do not need to present your quarantine pass when using restaurants, gyms, or public transportation. The vaccination completion rate in Italy is 82.4% of the total, exceeding 89% for the 12-year-old population. On the same day, the number of new confirmed cases stood at 79,895 and the death toll stood at 128.
Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China also decided to partially lift the COVID-19 lockdown from the 18th and gradually restore the citys functions. The lockdowns in Yantian, Pingshan, and Guangming districts, which were confirmed to have no confirmed cases through a complete COVID-19 test, were lifted. In these areas, the operation of government and public institutions and enterprises will be normalized, and public transportation such as trains and buses will also operate normally. On the 14th, the city of Shenzhen completely shut down the entire city and banned all citizens from going out except for essential industries, and conducted a complete COVID-19 test.