Corona summit: Germany tightened corona rules

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According to the draft for the Prime Minister’s Conference “from around February 2022” – contact restrictions for unvaccinated and vaccinated people are planned.

3:06 p.m., December 2nd, 2021

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In Germany, the discussions at the Corona summit are ongoing. Chancellor Angela Merkel announced further contact restrictions. “The situation is serious,” said Merkel. The central measure is the 2G regulation. One of the measures is the closure of clubs and discos. According to Merkel, the criterion for this is an incidence limit of 350 in the respective district.

No compulsory vaccination has yet been decided – Chancellor Angela Merkel and her future successor Olaf Scholz pointed out that the Bundestag must first advise on a general vaccination requirement. It was previously known that the federal and state governments in Germany one general compulsory vaccination want to introduce until “around February 2022”. That went from one of the news agency Reuters present draft for the Prime Minister’s Conference on Thursday.

Of the Ethics Council should submit a recommendation by the end of the year. A vaccination requirement for staff in nursing homes, for example, is to be decided beforehand. According to the draft, the federal and state governments have already agreed on contact restrictions for unvaccinated people.

Accordingly, contacts in the private sphere will in future be limited to one household and “a maximum of two people from another household”. Children under the age of 14 are excluded.

That should also be stipulated by the Prime Minister’s Conference Aim to vaccinate up to 30 million people by Christmas. The number of visitors to outdoor events should be limited to a maximum of 30 percent of the audience capacity and a maximum of 15,000 spectators. This applies to games in the Bundesliga, for example. A mask requirement should apply in schools for all age groups.

The Executive Chancellor Angela Merkel, her designated successor Olaf Scholz and the 16 Prime Ministers will discuss new Corona resolutions from 11 a.m. onwards. For the planned closure of clubs and discos, there was therefore no stipulation as to whether a threshold of 350 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants could be reached by consensus within seven days. However, there is general agreement on far-reaching contact restrictions for unvaccinated people. The template states: “Private gatherings in public or private spaces, in which non-vaccinated and unconcealed people take part, are to be limited to their own household and a maximum of two people from another household.”

Children up to the age of 14 should be excluded. Spouses, civil partners and partners in unmarried partnerships should count as one household, even if they do not have a common place of residence. “This does not affect private gatherings in which only vaccinated and convalescents take part.”

At Christmas markets, access is to be restricted nationwide to vaccinated and convalescent people (2G) regardless of the new infection rate. “In addition, a current test can be prescribed (2G Plus),” says the working paper. “Participation in carnival events is only possible for vaccinated and Genesis patients who have to present a current test (2G Plus).”

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU), as the current chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference (MPK), hopes that people who have not yet been vaccinated against the corona virus will be able to see them. Every day there are still new first vaccinations, said Wüst on Thursday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. The worsening situation and the debate bring “one or the other to their senses”, that has to be recognized, said Wüst shortly before the federal-state round on stricter corona measures.

“We are now talking about mandatory vaccination, not mandatory vaccination,” said Wüst. “But in the end that also means that the fine has been proven, that you have to pay fines if you don’t stick to it, we also know that with other duties in our country. And I think that’s the right way to go.”

In RTL / ntv’s “early start”, Wüst admitted a kind of breach of word when it came to politicians’ attitude to mandatory vaccination. “You can’t keep the word you gave. There were also promises that were made against the background that you believed everyone would get vaccinated. That didn’t happen.” Now you have to deal with this situation. “It’s no small matter, but we have to do it now because otherwise we won’t get out of the loop of loosening and lockdowns.” The range of vaccinations has been greatly expanded, said the NRW head of government in the “MoMa”. From a capacity of 3000 vaccinations a day, Cologne is now on the way “towards 15,000 vaccinations” per day. “A lot more is being done in the country than just a few weeks ago”.

The Germany-wide seven-day incidence fell slightly for the third time in a row. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Thursday morning as 439.2. A high of 452.4 was reached on Monday, the value was 452.2 on Tuesday and 442.9 on Wednesday. In the previous month the value was 154.5. The health authorities in Germany reported 73,209 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 3:51 a.m. Exactly one week ago there were 75,961 infections.

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