Employees at two hospitals in Germany are suspected of being infected with mutant strains. The government is considering grounding most international flights.

Berlin, January 26 Two hospitals in Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany, were temporarily closed on the 26th because many employees were suspected of contracting a mutant strain of the novel coronavirus.

German Interior Minister Zehofer said on the same day that the German federal government is studying whether to follow Israel’s example and reduce the number of international flights to Germany to “near zero”.

The number of newly confirmed cases and the number of new deaths released by the German disease control agency on the 26th are 6,412 and 903 respectively.

According to the real-time data of Germany’s “Time Online”, as of 22:18 local time on the 26th, a total of 2165,235 people have been diagnosed, 1843,366 cured and 54,466 deaths have been confirmed in Germany.

The management of the two hospitals in Bayreuth announced the above news on the same day.

In a statement, it said that a total of 13 employees at Bayreuth Hospital and Mount Haute Hospital, which it managed, were suspected to have been infected with the highly infectious strain of COVID-19, which was first found in the United Kingdom.

The sequence of viral genes for people suspected of infecting mutant strains is still in progress.

At present, the two hospitals have stopped accepting patients, and more than 3,000 employees have entered the so-called “commuting isolation state”, that is, they are only allowed to stay in the hospital or their own home, and public transportation is not allowed.

In response to the recent diagnosis of different types of mutant strains in many parts of Germany, German Interior Minister Zehofer told Germany’s Bild on the same day that the risk of COVID-19 mutation “demands us to study and take strict measures and discuss them within the federal government”.

He said that these measures include stricter border control measures, especially strengthening border controls with high-risk countries.

At the same time, measures in the study also include drawing on Israel’s current approach to avoid mutant strains entering Germany by reducing the number of flights to near zero levels. Country.

Zehofer said the German public’s expectation for the government was to “protect people as much as possible from the explosive increase in the number of new infections”.

Zehofer did not give a timetable for the introduction of the above measures.

In accordance with the agenda of German federal and state governments to negotiate epidemic prevention policies, Merkel is expected to hold talks with state governors again in early February to discuss the next direction of epidemic prevention policy.

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