German health minister says that data shows virus variants are spreading quickly in Germany

Comments by German health minister, Jens Spahn

  • New UK variant now makes up for more than 20%
  • But infections are still decreasing despite higher proportion of new variants
  • 10 million vaccine doses will be delivered next week
  • More deliveries mean that pace of vaccinations can speed up significantly
Although the virus situation in Germany is taking a turn for the better, lawmakers remain guarded on the spread of virus variants and medical capacity.
For now, the lockdown is extended to March but we’ll see in the coming weeks how the situation develops and if the government feels that enough progress is made to relax restrictions a little ahead of Easter.