In the current crown wave in Germany with many, but mostly light infections, quarantine rules need to be simplified. The duration should generally be reduced to five days, as proposed by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
The concept that was sent to the federal states is available to the German news agency. Shortly before the end of most of the daily needs, the dispute over more protection regulations in regions with a critical situation continues to smolder. The free city test offer will remain in effect until early summer.
Avoid staff shortages
Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) said in Berlin that the requirements for separations are not really workable in the current wave. The point is to solve it in a pragmatic way. The goal is to be able to work with a new regulation in the next week. The prerequisite is also to avoid staff shortages, especially in important care areas, given the numerous infections.
In the future, if you are infected, the isolation should last five days, according to the proposal. It is recommended to voluntarily reduce contacts and – from five days onwards – to carry out repeated tests or self-tests. Also, “no strict isolation” should no longer be specified. A formal order from the health department, which is often no longer given, should be omitted. So far, the secretions have generally lasted ten days and can end with a negative test after seven days at the latest.
According to the proposal, the quarantine for contacts of infected people should also last five days in the future and must no longer be a “rigid quarantine”. It should be recommended that you voluntarily reduce contact and challenge yourself every day. The five-day rule should therefore also apply to employees in the healthcare and nursing sector. To end isolation due to an infection, the proposal states that it is necessary to be asymptomatic for 48 hours first. Also, you should submit a negative test, which can be taken no earlier than the fifth day.
Free quick tests until the end of June
In the fight against multiple infections, the offer of free rapid tests for everyone is expanding. The test regulation, which initially is in effect until March 30 and also governs citizenship tests, will now remain in effect until June 29 inclusive. This includes changes to the ordinance announced Wednesday in the Federal Gazette. This means that all citizens, even without symptoms, are still entitled to at least one quick test per week at the test sites by qualified personnel.
In the controversy over the further Corona course, Lauterbach countered the reservations of many countries about the new legal framework for further requirements in so-called hotspots. “You may or may not like the law, but it has been made legal so that it is enforceable. Much more should be used.” The minister called it “regrettable and wrong” that so many countries now do not use the hotspot rule where he deems it appropriate. An overload of the health care system as a prerequisite for this is justifiable. He is convinced that full regulation in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Hamburg would have legal validity.
Only two countries apply the hotspot rule
Only these two countries want to apply the rule for the time being, which allows more stringent requirements in regional hotspots, for example with more mask requirements and entry rules if the state parliament determines a critical situation for them. Other countries had complained that an application was not possible due to uncertain legal requirements in federal law. Basically, as of this Sunday, the Traffic Light Coalition Amended Infection Protection Act provides for just a few general protection requirements, such as face masks in clinics, nursing homes, on buses and trains, as well as testing in schools, eg.
Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) has once again defended the hotspot rule. He provides the countries with the tools they need in case the local medical supply situation is no longer guaranteed. “These are deliberately high obstacles so that we can get out of the blanket and massive restrictions on freedom nationwide,” he told the “Rheinische Post”. However, the Ministry of Health stressed once again that hotspots could include not only cities and districts, but entire federal states as well.
Lauterbach believes in general vaccination
Lauterbach expressed his confidence that a compromise could be reached for the introduction of general corona vaccination. As far as he knows, he is working on a joint proposal. He plans to join his ministry in the next few days so that he can eventually formulate a common draft. The lines of compromise that are emerging are convincing and he is wise. He did not provide further details.
The Bundestag will decide on Thursday next week (April 7) without the usual specifics of parliamentary groups, but the majorities were still uncertain. A draft by a group of MEPs for compulsory vaccination from the age of 18, also backed by Lauterbach and Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), has the most support. In addition, there is a draft of a group for compulsory counseling and a possible compulsory vaccination from the age of 50. Another group application refuses mandatory vaccination. Union and AfD also submitted applications. (Dpa)