Status: October 12, 2021 2:33 p.m.

The state government of Lower Saxony wants to adhere to the corona measures until further notice. Complete repeal, as in other countries, is not yet appropriate.

“It is currently far too early for a ‘Freedom Day'”, said the deputy government spokeswoman Kathrin Riggert on Tuesday in the state press conference. “We are only just starting the cold season and nobody really wants to predict how the infection numbers and hospitalization rates will develop.” Riggert also emphasized that one of the state government’s primary goals is to ensure that schools and day-care centers are in attendance. Since there is still no vaccine for hundreds of thousands under the age of twelve, the main concern now is to protect these unvaccinated people.

“Stable corona situation” in Lower Saxony

Crisis team leader Heiger Scholz described the current corona situation in Lower Saxony as “stable”. The incidence value has remained almost unchanged for a week in a range of 42, and hospitalization and intensive care bed occupancy are still below the limit values ​​for the first warning level. Scholz defended the abolition of the free rapid tests since the beginning of the week. “Everyone can now get vaccinated at short notice, so it is right that the taxpayer should stop paying the costs.” The many tests in the past few months, however, contributed to the fact that the third wave could be broken, so Scholz. He announced that all Lower Saxony health authorities will be at the start with at least one mobile vaccination team this week.


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With a view to the cold season, it is not yet appropriate to think about a “Freedom Day”, according to the crisis team. 35 min

Breakthroughs in vaccination are unavoidable

Scholz does not consider the fact that vaccination breakthroughs also occur again and again in Lower Saxony to be worrying. “It’s nothing special, it’s a residual risk that we have to live with.” He emphasized, however, that vaccination can reduce the risk of hospitalization, intensive care and death to a minimum. How many vaccination breakthroughs there have been in Lower Saxony so far, Scholz could not say. There are no country-specific figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). So far, around 67,000 vaccination breakthroughs have been registered across Germany.


The visitor limit falls for events with 2G. In addition, the conditions for Christmas markets are specified. Download (289 KB)

Further relaxation in the new corona regulation

In the new Corona regulation, which has been in force since last Friday, the country had recently decided on further freedoms for vaccinated and recovered people. For example, for events that are carried out in the 2G model, the upper limit for visitors is no longer applicable. In addition, the country has drawn up the regulations for Christmas market visits in the 3G model.

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