Merkel defends planned exit restrictions | Free press


How now in the pandemic? Chancellor Angela Merkel promotes the “Corona emergency brake” in the fight against the increasing number of infections.

Berlin (dpa) – Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has defended the exit restrictions envisaged in the Federal Emergency Brake.

This is not a new invention, but has already been enacted as a measure in the currently applicable Infection Protection Act and has been used for months in various states, she said in the Bundestag on Friday.

The Chancellor referred to other states, such as Portugal or Great Britain, which have implemented such measures “in some cases considerably more restrictively” than planned in Germany. “It is about evening visits from one place to another – by the way also with local public transport – to reduce,” says Merkel. Exit restrictions are not a panacea, they could develop their effect in combination with other measures such as strict contact restrictions. The advantages of this measure outweigh the disadvantages.

On Friday, the Bundestag debated for the first time the design for a nationwide “Corona emergency brake” that was approved by the cabinet on Tuesday and for which Merkel also campaigned. It provides for stricter rules if more than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants occur in a neighborhood or a city within seven days.

Exit restrictions must take effect from 9 p.m. to prevent people from meeting and infecting each other in private indoors.

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