German government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer said Germany will not introduce obligatory vaccination against the coronavirus, speaking in Berlin on Monday. She also warned the population against believing «false information» online.
«The times are challenging and therefore there are worries and criticism, but, from our perspective, there is no place for extremist ideas, for false information, for... Еще myths, for misleading rumours. And it doesn't matter where they come from,» said Demmer.
«Whoever is spreading false information regarding the coronavirus, is putting people against each other. On the internet and in messenger groups, there are many false claims, conspiracy theories, false health tips,» she said.
«The government is accused of secretly plotting to introduce mandatory vaccination. I want to repeat what the chief of the chancellery said yesterday: There will be no obligatory vaccination against the coronavirus,» said Demmer, urging German citizens to question everything that is not coming from «reliable sources.»
Since the start of the outbreak, Germany has recorded over 176,500 cases of coronavirus. Nearly 8,000 people have died with the virus, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.
Over the past few weeks, Germany has been gradually lifting its coronavirus-related restrictions with the reopening of stores, museums, some schools and other non-essential business.