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German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced updated COVID-19 protection measures during a press conference April 15.
Germany is extending the current lockdown through to April 18, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced early Tuesday (23 March 2021).
The country will enter an even stricter lockdown from April 1 to April 5 over the Easter holiday period, when shops, including grocery stores, will largely have to close.
Merkel warned that Germany needed to "break the exponential growth of then third wave." Case numbers have reached levels that authorities say will overburden intensive care units.
Tuesday's announcement marks a reversal from earlier this month when state leaders agreed to begin a cautious reopening process.
Talks between leaders of Germany's 16 federal states and Merkel lasted until the early hours of the morning following a lengthy interruption.
What are the new measures?
As well as prolonging existing measures such as the closure of cultural, leisure and sporting facilities, tougher restrictions will apply over the Easter period.
This "emergency brake" will halt further reopenings and will apply to areas exceeding 100 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a seven-day period.
If an area has an incidence rate of over 100 for three consecutive days, harsher lockdown measures will once again apply.
TRICARE beneficiaries should call the Nurse Advice Line at one of the following toll-free numbers based on your location:
• Bahrain: 800-06432
• Belgium: 0800-81933
• Germany: 0800-071-3516
• Greece: 00-800-4414-1013
• Italy: 800-979721
• Spain: 900-82-2740
• Turkey: 00-800-44-882-5287
• UK: 0800-028-3263
*** To access the Nurse Advice Line (NAL) from a cell phone in Europe you must first call your clinic appointment line and choose the option for the Nurse Advice Line.***
Non-TRICARE beneficiaries should contact their primary care provider for advice. If you do NOT meet ALL THREE of the above criteria, but you have symptoms of upper respiratory infection, call your primary care provider for advice.
The difference between Quarantine and Isolation.
Quarantine is the separation of an individual or group that has been exposed to a communicable disease, but not yet ill, from others who have not been so exposed, in such a manner and place to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.
Isolation is the separation of an individual or group infected or reasonable believed to be infected with a communicable disease from those who are healthy in such a plce an manner to prevent the spread of the communicable disease.
CDC does not recommend testing, symptom monitoring or special management for people exposed to asymptomatic people with potential exposures to COVID-19. For instance, "contacts of contacts;" these people are not considered exposed to COVID-19.
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OCONUS DSN: 312-421-3700 | CONUS DSN: 421-3700
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The Army's Commitment to Health Protection (PDF)
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