BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – With the increasing number of infections, calls for rapid legal preparation for the fall corona wave are louder and louder. “Further corona precautions must now be developed very quickly so that proven measures are possible in the fall and winter if necessary,” Bundestag vice-president Katrin Gring-Eckardt (Greens) tweeted on Saturday. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach had previously warned of a significant worsening of the situation.
“We are dealing with heavy waves in the fall and winter,” an SPD politician told the ZDF Heute Journal on Friday night. After submitting the study, Lauterbach promised to speed up the amendment to the infection protection law. In spring, the regulations were severely cut, and the current nationwide legal basis expires on September 23.
On Friday, a committee of experts presented the long-awaited report on the effectiveness of the existing measures to protect against the corona. Consequently, protective measures such as wearing a mask may still be helpful in the fight against the coronavirus. However, experts question many other known conditions, arguing that reliable assessments are not possible due to insufficient data.
The report is important, but “it shouldn’t be a brake pad,” wrote Lauterbach on Twitter. He ruled out a blockade as at the beginning of the ZDF pandemic: “We wouldn’t do it again.” But it may be that one or the other measure makes sense again. Lauterbach declined to provide details, citing confidential negotiations with Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP). Already on Friday, they started an hour and a half conversation. “I think we will be quick,” emphasized Lauterbach. A good infection protection law will be prepared in the next few weeks.
At the same time, Lauterbach criticized the abolition of the FFP2 mask requirement in local public transport in Bavaria. From Saturday, only a medical mask is required on buses and trains. In light of the Corona’s summer wave, this was an obvious mistake, according to Lauterbach on Twitter. “Relaxing on the wave seems illogical and discredits the federal government’s simultaneous call for further action.” Bavaria’s head of department Klaus Holetschek (CSU) dismissed the criticism: “Bavaria has stuck to the FFP2 mask for the longest time of any federal state,” he said. The expert report also confirmed that proper fit is particularly important for the protective performance of the mask.
FDP parliamentary group leader Christian Drr accused the Länder of always calling on the federal government but doing too little to prevent it. “They often ask for measures that restrict freedom, but are not organisationally prepared for the fall / winter wave,” Drr told Deutschlandfunk. “First of all, I expect organizational preparations without any restrictions on freedom, and then we will see what else is necessary, what else we have to ask for from the individual citizen.”
If the legal requirements for basic protective measures are extended, Drr does not see much time pressure as it can happen very quickly. “The German Bundestag was able to pass such measures in a matter of days. So we are already prepared for the worst-case scenario, even in the summer if something should happen. ” However, he categorically ruled out certain measures: “Closures, they cannot come back, curfews and even school closings should no longer be an instrument we use around the world.”
For some time now, the number of infections has risen again and the more contagious omicron BA.5 subline already dominates the infection process. According to the poll, almost half of the inhabitants of Germany immediately support stricter regulations. In a poll by the Civey opinion research institute commissioned by the Augsburger Allgemeine (Saturday), 49 percent answered positively as to whether the current measures on the crown should be tightened immediately. 43 percent was against, 8 percent undecided./csd/DP/nas