Berlin (dpa) – Given the rising corona figures, the federal government wants to stick to the uniform “emergency brake” despite ongoing criticism.
Several ministers also defended the particularly controversial plans for evening and nighttime travel restrictions on weekends. Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) told the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” that they did not want the project to be “persuaded” again. The Bundestag and Bundesrat intend to decide on this in the coming days. Critics are already threatening to go to the Federal Constitutional Court.
Health authorities in Germany reported 19,185 new infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Sunday (a week earlier: 17,855) and 67 new deaths (104). The number of cases is usually lower on weekends than during the week – also because fewer tests are performed. Mathematically, 100 corona patients currently infect 122 other people. The so-called seven-day incidence – the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week – was 162.3 nationwide on Sunday morning.
After there was no agreement between the federal and state governments, the federal government initiated changes to the Infection Protection Act. In the future, there will be national regulations: if the incidence of seven days in a city or district exceeds 100 days for three consecutive days, most shops there must remain closed. In addition, exit restrictions must apply between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM. Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania want to start next Monday.
Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) told “Welt am Sonntag” that uniform and realistic regulations are important: “It must be clear to everyone what applies.” Altmaier added that the exit restrictions are about “not visiting each other at night and celebrating in violation of contact rules.” The CDU politician added, “Anywhere in the world where a wave of infections has been successfully broken, it has been achieved with the tool of a hard lockdown.”
Talks between the experts of the CDU / CSU and SPD about changes to the bill continued on Sunday. An agreement was not yet in sight that morning. Both groups want to have video conferences on Mondays (both at 11:30 am). The adoption in the Bundestag is then scheduled for Wednesday. The Federal Council wants to deal with it on Thursday. Scholz said he was “not expecting any major changes.”
Union leader Ralph Brinkhaus also defended the reform, he told the news portal t-online: After consultation with scientists and experts, you also have to make unpopular decisions. “The softer we are with the restrictions, the more we postpone the whole thing. Incidentally, I take very seriously the voices that say that even what you decide now is far too little. ‘
Meanwhile, the criticism continued. FDP Representative Stephan Thomae told the DPA on Sunday: “The fact that the federal government wants to quickly beat the federal emergency brake is a bad sign. Apparently there is no willingness to respond to the concerns of the experts and the indications of the opposition. The narrowed focus on, for example, the 7-day incidence or general curfew will hardly be legally feasible. The FDP has already announced that it will reserve a seat for the Federal Constitutional Court.
“The bill needs to be corrected in many places,” said district assembly chairman Reinhard Sager in the Funke media group newspapers. The planned exit restrictions would be “a disproportionate attack on people’s rights to freedom, because there is no superior effect to prevent new infections”. Other critics have already expressed themselves in a similar way. The FDP again threatened a constitutional lawsuit.
SPD group chairman Rolf Mützenich reiterated in the “Bild am Sonntag” the demand from his group to allow evening walks in principle. “Adults must be able to stretch their legs despite all restrictions.” Proponents of the “emergency brake” – especially intensive care physicians – are urging not to waste any more time in view of the third wave of corona.