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German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced updated COVID-19 protection measures during a press conference April 15.
Germany's state and federal governments agreed on Tuesday to extend and expand coronavirus lockdown rules in the country.
The current lockdown regulations, including the closure of schools, will now be in place until at least January 31, and new rules have been introduced. "We must be especially careful now. We are in a new and extraordinary situation," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference announcing the new rules, adding that the new, more infectious variants of the coronavirus made the situation more urgent.
The lockdown will last at least until the end of January
What are the new rules?
What are the current rules?
Merkel said it was likely that only priority groups would be able to receive a vaccine in the first quarter of 2021. She estimated that enough vaccine stock to vaccinate more people would only arrive in the second quarter. All residents of care homes should be vaccinated by mid February.
Merkel reinforced her support of the European Union strategy of securing vaccines for the entire bloc, saying it made no sense for Germany to act alone in this matter.
The state and federal governments will meet again on January 25 to reassess.
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.
7th MSC COVID-19 Hotline:
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U.S. ARMY COVID-19 Hotline:
OCONUS DSN: 312-421-3700 | CONUS DSN: 421-3700
LETTER TO THE FORCE:
The Army's Commitment to Health Protection (PDF)
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