German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has defended recent federal and state measures to combat the spread of Covid and did not rule out tougher measures.
"What we decided today has an effect," Lauterbach told public broadcaster ARD. "But we're not ruling out anything. So if the number of cases actually developed in such way that a hard lockdown also had to be discussed, then there would be no red lines. We are not there at this point in time."
On Tuesday afternoon, the federal and state governments imposed strict contact restrictions for the German public, including for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered, to fight a fifth wave of the virus fueled by the Omicron variant.