Status: 11/30/2021 1:34 PM
In light of the new Omikron variant and the strength of the fourth wave, the call for tougher measures is growing. The federal and state governments have been discussing the crisis since 1 pm. What are the suggestions on the table? Overview.
Why are the federal and state governments already providing advice today?
The next federal meeting is scheduled for December 9. Due to the worsening Corona situation and the newly emerged Omikron change, the Prime Minister is already conducting a telephone consultation with Chancellor Angela Merkel and her designated successor Olaf Schulz.
However, the chancellorship’s executive minister, Helge Braun, had previously slowed expectations. „Decisions are not made today. That was the prerequisite for the meeting,” the CDU politician told broadcasters RTL and NTV, referring to the vote with the SPD side.
Matthias Dies, ARD Berlin, with an outlook on Federal Government Consultations
Maytag Magazine, 11/30/2021
What options are conceivable?
There are many conceivable options on the table. The Bundestag can, by simple decision, „Epidemiological situation of national importance“But again. This would give the legal basis for all previous crisis instruments in one fell swoop. This could happen in the next normal week of December 6 or earlier in a special session.
Traffic light parties allowed the national-wide epidemic situation to expire on November 25 and reformed the Law on Protection against Infection with a new majority in the Bundestag. In the future, federal states will not be able to enforce nationwide lockdowns, school closures and curfews. The transitional rules last until December 15.
Another option is to expand the list of measures that traffic light groups have reduced, regardless of the state of the epidemic. For now, general closures of restaurants and stores or local travel restrictions are being ruled out in an entire state. it will take Legislative actions in the Bundestag With the approval of the Federal Council.
One can also limit additional requirements quickly Prime Minister’s Conference with the federal government. For example, new or lower thresholds for additional requirements and restrictions can be envisaged in the event of large numbers of injuries or hospital loads.
What do you want traffic lights?
There was broad agreement in the lead up to the need for further measures between the SPD, the Greens, and the FDP. However, there are different opinions on the periphery as to what stress might look like. Robert Habeck, head of the Green Party, said in a detailed Morning Journal of ARD and ZDF: “It is quite clear what has to happen: Communications must be reduced, and 2G must be implemented nationwide in a manner that is binding on all public institutions except for the needs one needs in supermarkets or pharmacies.”
In an interview with daily themes compressed Green health expert Janusz Dahmin the importance of a unified approach. „If this cannot be enforced by the regulatory framework of the federal states alone, other regulations put in place by the federal government are necessary to ensure that.”
Karl Lauterbach, SPD health expert, points out night magazine About the fact that the steps taken so far are not enough to reverse the trend in the fourth corona wave. It needs to be refilled and that will happen now, too, according to Lauterbach.
SPD chief Saskia Eskin does not want to rule out further lockdown measures. „These days I highly recommend that nothing be ruled out for anyone with political responsibility either, because we don’t know how things are going,” Esken said in a joint statement. Morning magazine from ARD and ZDF.
FDP leader Christian Lindner had already spoken out in favor of more communication restrictions. The party wants to avoid large-scale shutdowns.
„I rule out a nationwide lockdown for now,” Kristin Aschenberg-Dognus, a spokeswoman for health policy for the Bundestag’s parliamentary group, told NTV. However, there should be restrictions on the connection in the hotspots. For example, clubs and discos should be closed, and major events such as football matches „shouldn’t be possible in my opinion at the moment,” Aschenberg-Dognus says.
What do countries require?
There are calls from several countries for new „emergency brakes”. Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans, for example, has called for „emergency curb measures in national uniforms”. „For areas with very high infection, it needs to have a lock-in capability,” said the CDU politician from Bild. Saarland is currently planning further tightening, as are North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony and Bavaria.
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) today once again called for decisive and common action by all. „Now the federal government has to do its part,” he said. BR. This includes, for example, giving pharmacies the opportunity to vaccinate and providing an adequate vaccine. In addition, the legal basis for general vaccination requirements must be established. Soder said standardized procedures are needed in Germany and not a patchwork quilt.
The German Federation of Cities and Municipalities is also calling for uniform standards nationwide for stricter coronavirus measures. General Manager Gerd Landsberg spoke at rbb To restore the epidemiological situation of national importance. The list of measures drawn up by the new Infection Protection Act is good, Landsberg said, but not enough. This is why a different legal basis for epidemic control measures is needed.
What do scientists recommend?
Scientists work with physicist Viola Pressman From the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Regulation in Göttingen a legal basis for a type of emergency circuit breaker and other far-reaching measures. „Especially with regard to the new Omicron formula, this type of precaution is urgently required,” the statement said. Legal prerequisites should be established as quickly as possible. „The set of rules should be the same for all federal states in order to enable clear communication and planning.”
In addition to the package of emergency measures, contact tracing of people with omicron infection should be an „absolute priority for now.” Sufficient personnel and resources must be provided for this. A systematic genetic record is also essential.
According to many scientists, Omikron increases the importance of vaccinations and contact restrictions.
What do the decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court mean?
The emergency brake in the Infection Protection Act (section 28b) was limited in time and expired at the end of June. In the newly amended law of future traffic light alliances from SPD, Greens and FDP, the clause looks different and now contains, for example, a 3G base in the workplace. Federal Constitutional Court decisions on federal emergency braking have been eagerly awaited. Politicians hope for specific guidance on the scope of their work regarding the restrictions on freedom in the Corona pandemic.
The court has now ruled that the federal emergency brake was not an unacceptable interference with fundamental rights. Karlsruhe judges announced today that the restrictions on exit and contact „as a whole served life, protect health” and preserve the health system. Nor does the prohibition of face-to-face teaching violate the right to school education.
With the resolutions, those clamoring to return to the emergency brake are seeing themselves assured. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Söder sees it as „the basis for the new federal emergency curb”. All those who tried to paint a different picture have now been refuted, the CSU politician wrote on Twitter. Chancellery chief Brown (CDU) is also insisting on unified emergency brakes nationwide in response to Karlsruhe’s decisions on anti-corona measures.