Coronavirus in Germany: Federal states tighten measures

Status: 03.11.2021 9:10 a.m.

In Baden-Württemberg, the corona warning level with stricter requirements applies from today. Saxony and Bavaria are also considering similar steps. The incidence value is falling nationwide – but the reason could be All Saints’ Day.

In view of the high number of new infections, several federal states want to take tough action again with the corona measures.

In Baden-Württemberg, stricter regulations are already in force today because the state has reached the corona warning level that has been set for itself. This applies if 250 beds in the intensive care units of the clinics are occupied with corona patients on two working days in a row or if eight out of 100,000 residents have been admitted to a clinic with corona symptoms within five days.

The renewed stricter requirements affect people who have not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus. This does not apply to people for whom vaccination is not an option for health reasons.

A quick test is no longer sufficient

In principle, the 3G regulation still applies to events, visits to cultural institutions or restaurants. However, guests without a vaccination or proof of surviving an infection now have to present a PCR test – and this is significantly more expensive than a rapid test. Visiting the cinema, swimming pool or amusement park is now only possible with the PCR test.

In addition, contact restrictions apply again to unvaccinated citizens with the warning level. The members of a household can meet with five other people. This does not apply to children and adolescents under the age of 17 as well as those who have been vaccinated, those who have recovered or who cannot be vaccinated.

Will Saxony and Bavaria follow?

In addition to Baden-Württemberg, other federal states are also considering tightening their requirements again. In Saxony, only the 2G regulation should be allowed for indoor events and restaurant visits – which would only make it possible for vaccinated and convalescent people. The state cabinet wants to decide on Friday whether the stricter requirements come into force.

The state cabinet of Bavaria is already dealing with further tightened corona measures. In advance, Prime Minister Markus Söder had spoken out in favor of also relying more heavily on the 2G rule. However, some districts in Bavaria are already doing this on their own due to the high number of cases. In addition, the mask requirement in schools could be reintroduced. It was only around a month ago that students in Bavaria were no longer required to wear mouth and nose protection.

RKI reports almost 20,400 new infections

Bavaria currently has the third highest seven-day incidence of all federal states, according to statistics from the Robert Koch Institute. It is currently 228.4. The value indicates how many out of 100,000 people become infected with the virus within a week. In front of Bavaria are Saxony with a seven-day incidence of 289.7 and Thuringia with the currently highest nationwide value of 338.2.

Across Germany, the seven-day incidence decreased slightly in the past 24 hours – from 153.7 to 146.6. Within one day, the health authorities reported 20,398 new infections with the pathogen to the RKI. However, it is possible that fewer infections were reported in five federal states due to the long weekend.

The RKI put the number of people who died in connection with a verifiable corona infection at 194 in the past 24 hours.This means that more than 96,000 people who were previously infected with the virus have died in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic had. In total, more than 4.6 million people have been infected nationwide. More than 4.3 citizens are considered to have recovered.

Debate about a new federal-state meeting

On Thursday and Friday, the health ministers of the federal states want to deal with the development of the pandemic. But the newly elected Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst, also pleaded for another federal-state meeting in the coming week. But not all country leaders consider this to be absolutely necessary.

“The last time we talked about the further course of action in the case of Corona was ten days ago,” the dpa news agency quoted Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil. Since then, there have been no significantly new findings. Even the state chief of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther, sees no urgent need for advice between the federal government and the states. From his point of view, the federal states already have the necessary instruments in their hands in the fight against the pandemic, said the CDU politician to the “editorial network Germany”.

Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow now sees the responsibility with the Federal Ministry of Health. Based on the resolutions of the last federal-state conference, this should present a recommendation for further action against the pandemic, which the Bundestag would then have to vote on.

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