Berlin (dpa) – The number of sick days of children will be doubled this year from 10 to 20 per parent due to the corona pandemic. Single parents are given 40 days instead of the usual 20. The Bundestag decided on Thursday against the background of the restrictions on schools and day-care centers.
The Federal Council will give its approval in a special session on Monday. The regulation applies retroactively to 5 January. Federal and state governments reached an agreement a week ago on Tuesday to increase the number of sick days during their Corona crisis talks.
The statutory health insurance usually pays out a child’s sickness benefit if parents cannot go to work because of the care of a sick child under the age of 12. It amounts to 90 percent of the net profit.
Sickness benefits should now also be available when schools and daycare centers are closed or access is restricted. This also applies if parents have only been asked not to take their children to the institution. Parents who could theoretically work from home should also be able to apply for childhood sickness benefit from their health insurance provider. A certificate from the school or daycare center should suffice for the application. Only those with legal health insurance are entitled.
Earlier, the Education and Science Union (GEW) spoke out not to sit this school year because of the Corona conditions.
“An exceptional situation like the Corona crisis requires special rules,” GEW boss Marlis Tepe told the editorial network Germany (RND / Thursday). Schools and kindergartens are currently closed nationally.
Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) and Education Minister Susanne Eisenmann (CDU) want to announce in the morning (10.45 am) whether the restrictions on schools and day-care centers in Baden-Württemberg will be relaxed. Kretschmann had recently turned out to be skeptical because the number of infections has not yet decreased reliably. Eisenmann strongly urges an opening.
With a relaxation, Baden-Württemberg, which follows a strict Corona course in many areas, would take a special path. At the start of the year, federal and state governments extended the closure to schools and daycare centers until the end of January. However, the federal states are responsible for education policy and can use their leeway here.
Regardless of the decision in Baden-Württemberg, the school year is already a very special year for the children and young people. Like the GEW, the Association for Education and Education (VBE) therefore argued for a flexible assessment of the performance and circumstances of the students by the teachers. “There will be no general corona bonus,” VBE boss Udo Beckmann told the RND.
Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) of North Rhine-Westphalia has now prepared the population for a longer corona lockdown. “It is absolutely clear: the situation is very serious. It would be wrong to rule out something now, ”said the applicant for the CDU federal presidency of the“ Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger ”(Thursday) when asked whether the restrictions will last until Easter in the worst case.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) made a similar statement about the ARD program “Maischberger”: given the high risk of infection, he believes “we cannot lift all restrictions by February 1. It is very clear. They will have to be” extended. ”But he finds it difficult to talk about Easter or March today.
The vaccination strategy continues to cause debate, even after the debate in the Bundestag. “We need a national vaccination coordination office between the federal and state governments for all operational and logistical issues that are currently delaying vaccinations,” said Green health expert Janosch Dahmen of the German news agency. Delivery times and quantities should be better agreed. Health Minister Spahn must set up such an office quickly, he must not shift responsibility to the federal states. “Vaccination readiness must increase,” Dahmen said.
But it should also be clear: “Vaccination is the long-term solution, in the short term, better protective measures such as expanding the home office and rapid tests for self-application.” More than 750,000 vaccine doses against the coronavirus have now been administered in Germany.
CDU chairman Laschet made an appeal to the staff of clinics and nursing homes to be stimulated as well. “Willingness to vaccinate, especially among nurses, is still too low. That should improve a lot. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) launched a debate on Tuesday about mandatory vaccination for nurses. The Marburger Bund doctors’ union does not believe in such an obligation and has described it as “wrong.” about compulsory vaccination increases skepticism among sections of the population, “said Susanne Johna, chairman of the Augsburger Allgemeine (Thursday).
Entries from countries with high numbers of corona infections are now subject to stricter testing requirements. Anyone who has been in a high-risk area in the past ten days must present a negative test no later than 48 hours after entering Germany. This provides for a regulation from the Ministry of Health, which came into effect on Thursday. In areas with a particularly high number of cases, or if new, more contagious virus variants are circulating there, the test must be in place before entry and it must be possible to present it to the airline. In general, when entering from high-risk areas, there is an obligation to quarantine after return.
Which area falls into which category should be updated on the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) website. Areas with particularly high rates of infections are currently areas where there are more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. A mandatory inspection had already been introduced for travelers from Great Britain and South Africa after a particularly contagious variant of the virus had surfaced there.