The Covid pandemic emergency does not stop in Germany despite the fact that today it was registered, for the first time in three weeks, a slight flex the incidence of the incidence of infections on average over 7 days. However, the clogging of intensive care is always very scary that the spread of the new variant Omicron. In Bavaria, one of the most affected lands, after the first 3 cases already full-blown there are others 15 suspects; another 4 are hypothesized in Baden-Württemberg while in Hesse there is currently a full-blown case.
The outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel and his successor Olaf Scholz they therefore consulted today with i 16 governors of the Länder on how to intervene for flatten the hospitalization curve and curb the current wave. The discussion took place after the first decisions of the Constitutional Court they declared constitutionally compliant the evening lockdown and the closure of schools, measures that had been adopted by the Merkel government in April. The measures were exhausted in June, but were challenged, among others, by the future finance ministers Christian Lindner and of Justice Marco Buschmann, both of the Fdp.
Although the Karlsruhe Court has not yet ruled on other appeals relating to restaurant closures, the favorable decision on school closure and evening lockdown opens a window that should allow the Executive to apply the emergency brake again. Concrete decisions were however postponed to Thursday next when a first conference will take place Federation – states. However, it is clear that we are moving towards a tightening of contact reduction measures in the context of full collaboration between the outgoing government and the new coalition.
Today Olaf Scholz presented the general maggiore Carsten Breuer come head of the crisis unit which it aims to achieve the 30 million vaccinated by Christmas. Fifty-six years, Breuer is the head of the command for the territorial tasks of the army within the national borders. Already now they are demobilized against Covid as well 8 thousand soldiers. To further speed up the vaccination campaign it was proposed to rely on even in teams in pharmacies and the proposal to reduce the validity of vaccination certificates to 6 months was put on the table. The new government by Thursday will check how to tighten the infection protection law launched two weeks ago, in order to also allow generalized temporary closures of restaurants in high-impact areas. Most likely it will be a lockdown for the unvaccinated.
Last night the vice-chancellor in pectore Robert Habeck (Verdi) spoke of the intention to introduce the “2G” requirement almost everywhere (ie being cured of Covid or vaccinated). The requirement would also be necessary to enter in retail stores, a measure already adopted in the city of Hamburg, with the sole exception of shops for basic necessities. It would also be introduced the constraint for the unvaccinated to meet a maximum of 5 other people from two families, with the exception of children under 12 years. Olaf Scholz he said he was in favor of one vote in the Bundestag, the German Parliament, to introduce compulsory vaccination for all. Measure that could come into effect starting in February as in Austria; by the end of the year an obligation will have to come into force at least for health and care personnel for the elderly. A close at. Is being studied street demonstrations. Not only governors attributable to the opposition such as the Bavarian Markus Söder (Csu) but also of the parties of the new majority such as Winfried Kretschmann of the Greens at the helm of Baden-Württemberg, then demand that the league games take place with empty stages until the end of the year. It has also been speculated to limit to a third party of the capacity of the entrances to closed premises.
In the ruling on schools, the Constitutional Court considered the closure justified as it was accompanied by distance learning and limited to two months. However, he also stated that there is a right of children to education. It is therefore unlikely that it will be decided to close again all educational establishments, especially those of primary education. The future Minister of Education Bettina Stark-Watzinger (Fdp) stressed that the closure could only be arranged as a last resort. The reintroduction of thecompulsory mask in the classroom for everyone in addition to the anticipation and extension of Christmas holidays. Baden-Württemberg has already led the way and Saxony-Anhalt has also anticipated the Christmas holidays to December 17th. Since last November 23, the third Land to dispose of it, it has also been removed the compulsory attendance at school (Not to be confused with the compulsory schooling to attend lessons. Thursday will almost certainly also be agreed upon closing of clubs and discos, already in force in several Länder. Finally, the extension to the whole country of the ban on fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Last Monday they were there various protests, both in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and in Saxony, against stricter measures. The most participatory mobilization took place a Rostock with 890 people. It still registers a decrease in those who openly deny the existence of the pandemic it is considered that they can be up to about 9% of the population.