Preparing for the autumn crown: rules for the obligation to wear masks in sight | News

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – In preparation for the renewal of the fall protection against crowns, there are regulations regarding the obligation to wear masks. “The effectiveness of the masks for indoor people is unquestionable,” Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) told the Funke media group papers (Saturday). “Therefore, a certain form of wearing the masks indoors will surely play a role in our concept.” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD), who advises Buschmann on the new rules in the Infection Protection Act, essentially advocates the requirement to wear a mouth and nose protector.

Buschmann said: “We have to take very seriously what awaits us in the fall and winter.” He is in a good mood “that we will have a concept at the end of the month, which we will then discuss with the federal states in August, and in September we will introduce an amendment to the Infection Protection Act through parliament.” The proposal will create clear and understandable rules that are proportionate. “We agree in the coalition that there will be no more blockades, school closings and curfews.”

The corona provisions in the anti-infection law, which were severely shortened in spring, mainly under pressure from the FDP, expire on September 23. They provide the legal basis for national conservation measures and identify possible instruments. General requirements for masks at events or while shopping were eliminated in early April. Masks are still mandatory nationwide on trains and long-distance planes. Länder regulate this for buses and trains in local transport, as well as for doctors’ offices and clinics. A further increase in the number of infections is expected in the cooler season after the summer wave.

Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek welcomed the fact that Buschmann had finally described the effectiveness of the masks, especially indoors, as “unquestioned”. “It took long enough to come to such a conclusion,” a CSU politician told a German news agency on Saturday. The traffic light coalition must now submit a draft. It is crucial for the Länder to be able to take all necessary protective measures quickly, effectively and legally.

In the face of much criticism, Lauterbach defended his campaign for further booster vaccinations not only for the elderly in their 60s and 70s. The seven-day incidence would likely be 1,500 to 2,000 with unreported cases, he wrote on Saturday on Twitter. “It is therefore okay if younger people with a lot of contact should also consider a fourth immunization after consulting with their GP. Fourth immunization is better than infection. ‘

In Germany, about 3.9 million doses of the corona vaccine expired from the beginning of December 2021 to the end of June. This was announced by the Ministry of Health in Berlin in response to a request from Bundestag MP Stephan Pilsinger (CSU), which was first reported by the editorial network Germany (RND / Sunday) and which was also available to a German news agency. These are doses of vaccines from the manufacturer Moderna. However, the expiry data would only be available if doctors and pharmacies reported it to a pharmaceutical wholesaler.

In total, the federal government ordered approximately 134.3 million doses of vaccines during this period. It was said that no can was donated. The international vaccine alliance Gavi has said it is no longer accepting donations as there was no need to.

According to the report “Bild am Sonntag”, there is a problem in the federal states with the implementation of compulsory coronavirus vaccination for nursing and medical personnel. This applies to employees in facilities for groups requiring special protection from mid-March. More than 190,000 unvaccinated health workers have been identified from 12 out of 16 federal states, but only 70 bans have been issued

– namely in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Brandenburg.

Fines are also possible. But the Länder apparently did not take advantage of this either. The information is based on a study by the federal state health ministries.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported the official seven-day incidence on Saturday at 752.7 – 719.2 new infections reported per 100,000 inhabitants over the seven days the day before. However, the incidence does not give the full picture, mainly because not all infected people perform PCR tests, but only these are recorded./sam/DP/he

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