MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
The federal and state governments come to an agreement – Maag demands uniformity
In the fight against the spread of the corona pandemic, the rules are being tightened nationwide. In Corona hotspots, a curfew for gastronomy should apply from 11 p.m. Private celebrations and contacts in public spaces should be limited to ten people. The health policy spokeswoman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Karin Maag, appealed to the states to adhere to uniform framework conditions.
Curfew and tightened mask requirements
The number of people suffering from Covid-19 in Germany has been rising steadily since the beginning of autumn. At the first personal meeting in several months, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the state ministers agreed on stricter measures. The curfew for restaurants, the limitation of private celebrations and contact restrictions in public spaces to ten people should apply from the known threshold of 50 newly infected per 100,000 inhabitants in one week. From 35 new infections, however, the mask requirement is to be expanded in affected areas – in busy places where people inevitably come close.
Infection is now dynamic
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the infection process had “become very dynamic”. The number of contacts must be reduced in order to protect people from infection and not to overload the health system. “We cannot afford a second wave economically either,” she emphasized. The group met for eight hours, during which there was tough wrestling. Further measures are promised in the event that the previous rules do not succeed in containing the spread of the pandemic within ten days. However, no agreement was reached on the controversial ban on accommodation, which applies to travelers from risk areas in some federal states. The effectiveness of this measure is to be monitored and put back on the agenda on November 8th. Nevertheless, the Chancellor urged citizens to “refrain from unnecessary travel”.
Threshold has become established
Karin Maag supports the threshold of 50 or 35 newly infected people per 100,000 per week as a guideline for imposing certain protective measures – even if virologists sometimes pleaded for other criteria to be used. “The value has become established,” she says, adding: “It’s easy to explain.” That is why it meets with the approval of the citizens.
Uniformity creates acceptance
According to Maag, there is only acceptance nationwide if the framework conditions are uniform. She also called on the states and municipalities to better inform the local people. If, for example, a general mask requirement is introduced in a city or district, then appropriate signs would have to be put up.
Reduce risk with rapid tests
Karin Maag rates the new test strategy that Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn will be introducing from October 15th as positive. According to this, more risk groups are to be tested for Covid-19 in the future and less those returning from travel. Nursing homes and hospitals in particular should be able to make generous use of so-called rapid antigen tests to regularly test visitors, staff and patients. With the rapid tests one now has more capacities, emphasizes the health policy spokeswoman for the Union parliamentary group. In this way, you can tell within half an hour whether someone has contracted the coronavirus or not.
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