German Soldiers Face Vaccine Mandate as COVID-19 Cases Surge
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- The German military says it would make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for troops amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country
- The country's Defense Ministry made the announcement Tuesday, noting that officials and soldiers' representatives have agreed to add coronavirus shot to the list of vaccines mandatory for soldiers
- However, the military said in a statement that the measure still needs to be incorporated formally into military rules. This comes as more than 1215 active coronavirus cases have been reported within the military as of Monday
- Nationwide, more than 45,326 coronavirus cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, with 309 new deaths from the infection. This has brought the total COVID-19 death toll in the country to 99,433
- The resurgence of cases has led some German states to tighten rules for unvaccinated people. So far, about 68 percent of the country's population is fully vaccinated, far below the country's minimum threshold of 75 percent