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Germany announces new measures for the coronavirus in autumn and winter

Germany announces new measures for the coronavirus in autumn and winter

The German government has announced that Covid measures will remain in place through the coming autumn and winter, as experts warn of an increase in cases.

Face masks and presenting a negative test will be mandatory from October to early April in hospitals, asylums and similar institutions for people who are most vulnerable to the disease.

Passengers on planes and traveling long distances by train and bus will also have to wear masks, as they do now.

Schools, prisons or asylum seeker shelters may implement regular testing again if the number of COVID-19 cases rises, Germany's health and justice ministers said in a joint statement.

The government also plans an autumn vaccination campaign.

"Germany must be better prepared for the coming coronavirus winter than in previous years," said Health Minister Karl Lauterbach.

Justice Minister Marco Buschmann said a special effort will be made to keep schools open.

The new regulations still need to go to the cabinet and parliament for approval, but are expected to pass.