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Dramatic pandemic situation The traffic light parties are planning these tightened measures

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The German corona case numbers reach a new high almost every day. That is why the traffic light parties want to try to contain the pandemic with tougher rules. An overview.

Without this tightening of the previous plans, certain measures would no longer be possible after the legal status of the national epidemic situation expired on November 25th. However, the three coalition-forming parties are sticking to the plan to end the special epidemic status.

“In this way, on the one hand, regionally different infection processes can be combated in a very targeted manner, on the other hand, we are shifting responsibility there from the executive back to the parliaments,” it was said to explain.

In the future, in addition to the mask requirement, a 3G rule will apply in local and long-distance public transport: “Anyone who uses public transport must either be vaccinated, recovered or tested,” it was explained.

So far, the SPD, Greens and FDP had set the end date of March 19, 2022. Now there is a one-time extension option: “The Bundestag is authorized to extend the validity of the regulations by a maximum of three months by March 19, 2022 by means of a resolution.”

The expired home office obligation for employees is to be reintroduced, as can be seen from a draft text from the SPD-led Ministry of Labor. However, this is part of the draft law for the 3G rules in the workplace.

The amendment to the Infection Protection Act has already been introduced in the Bundestag. The agreed tightening must therefore be added retrospectively. The hearing of experts, which is part of the legislative process, is scheduled for this Monday. The Bundestag should then vote on Thursday.

“The law is now getting a new legal basis, a more secure legal basis,” said Habeck. “We are only taking away the possibility: area-wide lockdown without differentiation for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.”

Numerous critics, especially from science, but also state health ministers of the Greens had criticized the plan in the last few days to completely dispense with instruments such as contact restrictions. The Union parliamentary group had announced that it would apply to the Bundestag for an extension of the epidemic status in order to prevent an end to the contact restrictions.

The Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck told the dpa: “We will not be able to avoid the fact that in a certain way we will have contact restrictions again and that major events in this form may no longer be possible – or if so, only under strict conditions.” One possibility are events with a PCR test for unvaccinated people and a rapid antigen test for vaccinated and convalescent people, explained the director of the Virology Institute at the University of Bonn.

The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach is personally convinced that “a very strict 2G plus regulation at events and 2G everywhere” is more effective than contact restrictions, as he said in the “Bild” broadcast “The right questions”. 2G means: access only for vaccinated and convalescent people – 2G plus: only for this group if it has also been tested. “That corresponds to a kind of lockdown for the unvaccinated,” said Lauterbach.

The executive head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun, agreed in the “Bild” broadcast that there should be no curfews, as they will certainly no longer be needed.

Above all, the FDP has so far resisted, in their view, excessive restrictions. Party leader Christian Lindner told the broadcasters RTL and ntv: “Those who have been vaccinated must continue to have the opportunity for social life – anything else would be disproportionate.”

The pandemic has gotten out of hand in the past few weeks. According to the RKI, the number of infections has now exceeded the five million mark. The seven-day incidence per 100,000 population rose to a record 303.0 on Monday. Saxony was at the top with 754.3. “With the number of cases that we have now, the clinics will exceed the capacity limit nationwide in the first two weeks of December,” Lauterbach told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

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