As of: 25.10.2021 6:55 a.m.
Despite the steep rise in incidences, Health Minister Spahn wants to end the “epidemic situation of national importance” soon. SPD politician Lauterbach is particularly concerned about children because of the increasing number of infections.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn believes that the so-called epidemic situation of national scope in the corona pandemic should expire – despite great criticism of this attitude. In the ZDF “heute-journal” he said: “The state of emergency, established by the Bundestag, can, in my opinion, be ended because four out of five adults are vaccinated.”
This topic has been controversial for days, also in view of the currently increasing number of infections in Germany. Critics fear different regulations in different regions if the “epidemic situation of national scope” expires.
3G and AHA still necessary
Spahn said the pandemic would not be declared over with the end of the regulation. “Like many others, I keep saying that we still need precautionary measures in autumn and winter, especially 3G – vaccinated, recovered, tested – indoors, especially medical protective masks, AHA rules, in buses and trains, in retail. ” A change in the law would make it possible for the federal states and local authorities to take these measures independently of the state of emergency. “I also expressly support that,” said Spahn.
He also strongly advocates the fact that there are special protective measures in schools and care facilities, for example. Not everything is as it was before Corona. “We are now in a state of particular caution where certain protective measures continue to apply.”
The immunologist Carsten Watzl agreed with Spahn. in the ARD morning magazine he said: “We will still need a lot of corona protective measures this winter, the number of infections will continue to rise and unfortunately the intensive care unit will also continue to rise.”
Michael Strempel, ARD Berlin, in conversation with Karl Lauterbach, epidemiologist, about lessons from the pandemic
Morning magazine, 10/25/2021
Bundestag is in demand
At the end of August, the Bundestag extended the “epidemic of national importance” for a further three months. It expires automatically if it is not renewed by Parliament. The “epidemic situation” gives federal and state governments powers to issue ordinances on corona measures such as mask requirements, distance and contact restrictions or the procurement of vaccines.
Incidence rises to 110
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the seven-day incidence in Germany rose to 110.1. A week ago the value was 74.4. The health authorities in Germany reported 6573 new corona infections to the RKI within one day.
According to the new information, 17 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. There were ten deaths a week ago. The RKI has counted 4,472,730 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.
Warning of rising incidence among high school students
Meanwhile, SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach warns of a sharp rise in the number of infections among children. “After the autumn break, we will see significantly more outbreaks in schools because the children can no longer ventilate,” he told the editorial network Germany (RND) with a view to the approaching winter. “There will also be chains of contagion in companies. The same applies to bars and restaurants. We can expect a continuous increase.”
Lauterbach therefore suggested “testing with antigen tests three times a week in the morning, because these detect the prevailing delta variant very reliably.” There should be five test days in a row for contact persons of infected people. “That way we could practically end the uncontrolled pandemic in schools.” He felt sorry for the children who are now exposed to the long-covid risk.
GEW sees schools in a better position
The chairman of the Education and Science Union (GEW), Maike Finnern, said: “From a national perspective, schools are better positioned this autumn when it comes to health prevention than they were a year ago, and the vaccination rate among school workers is extraordinarily high.” But she criticized that many schools were still not equipped with air filters. “There is an urgent need for action here,” she said.