Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: end of the last crown hotspot measurements from Thursday

No more 2G plus in clubs and discos, no more masks in cinemas, theaters and museums: the state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania decided on Tuesday to end the last remaining restrictions on crown hotspots in the state since Thursday.

After a decision by the Greifswald Higher Administrative Court (OVG), the mask requirement for shopping and other restrictions had already lapsed on Friday. However, the government still recommends wearing a mask when things get tough.

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Mask requirement: local transportation, hospitals, care and practices

From Thursday onwards, only the so-called basic protection provided for by the Federal Infection Protection Act will apply in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. According to Health Minister Stefanie Drese (SPD), masks are mandatory on public transport and in hospitals, doctors’ offices and care facilities if vulnerable groups are at risk.

According to the minister, unvaccinated visitors to hospitals and nursing homes must continue to undergo the negative test. Unvaccinated vacationers, on the other hand, can do without it when they arrive at the hotel in the future.

On 24 March, the state parliament declared all of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania a crown hotspot until 27 April. This allowed the state government to keep the crown restrictions in place at that time. In addition to MV, Hamburg also took this route, where restrictions apply until April 30th.

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The Minister of Health of MV sees the overload avoided

The Northeast had a seven-day incidence of new corona infections in March of over 2000. They have now fallen below 800. Health Minister Drese defended the hotspot’s decision at the time. “We have had a dynamic pandemic with the highest incidence nationwide and a huge burden, in some cases also overloading hospitals due to a very large number of patients,” he recalled. “In addition, there were a large number of infected and inoperative employees. Sometimes even the emergency rooms had to be closed “.

The OVG complained that the pandemic situation had not been assessed individually for each independent district and city.

At this stage, the new federal infection protection law came into force on 20 March which, from Drese’s point of view, did not provide for sufficient protection measures. “I firmly believe that the state government and state parliament, with their consistent action and the maintenance of some protective measures beyond March 20, have contributed to the fact that the situation of the crown in our state has not gone completely out of control,” said the minister. The infection rate is now declining, as is the incidence in hospitals and intensive care units. “Therefore, now is the right time to lift the hotspot regulations.”

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Drese: Increased infections in the fall

Drese predicts that the number of infections will increase again in the autumn. The state vaccination infrastructure should therefore be maintained with a fixed base and mobile team for each independent district and city. If necessary, this facility can be rapidly expanded again, the minister said.

Rostock-based infectious disease specialist Emil Reisinger explained that the severe course of the corona mainly affected the over 60s. 95 percent of all deaths occur in people over the age of 60. He appealed to all people in this age group and patients with underlying diseases to get vaccinated if they haven’t already. The third vaccination protects 40 percent from infections and 80 to 90 percent against a stay in intensive care, he said.

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