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Amendment of the Infection Protection Act

Uniform rules against the third corona wave - experts concerned

Sat., April 10, 2021, 10:34 a.m.

The long-demanded uniformity of the corona measures in Germany is to come. To this end, the Infection Protection Act is to be sharpened. Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus warns of rifts.

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Uniform rules against Corona

With nationwide uniform rules should the third corona wave in Germany Broken become. This is supposed to Infection Protection Act sharpened in an urgent procedure - according to the federal government's plan. Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus warns of rifts with the countries. "There must be no front between the federal government and the states. We depend on us to fight this pandemic together," Brinkhaus told the newspapers of the Funke media group. But he welcomed the push for more uniformity.

"We are as Bundestag unhappy about it, that the Leeway, which we give the countries in the Infection Protection Act, too often exercised inconsistently "said Brinkhaus. In the Infection Protection Act, the Bundestag could now specify what must be done if the corona numbers exceed certain limits." We just have to be careful that we initiate this together and not against the federal states. " said Brinkhaus, because the implementation of the measures is the responsibility of the federal states.

Decision next week?

The federal government is counting on the Amendment of the Infection Protection Act fast: you should, according to the deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer to be decided by the cabinet in the coming week. The next meeting of the federal government will be brought forward from Wednesday to Tuesday. The Bundestag has to approve the changes; it is meeting as planned from Wednesday to Friday. The Federal Council must also approve the re-sharpening. The next meeting of the regional chamber is planned for May 7, but there could be a special meeting.

In the event that the Seven-day incidence in a region the value of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants: the federal and state governments agreed rules at the beginning of March: all Relaxation of the corona measures would have to go again completely withdrawn become. However, it has been shown in many cases in the past few weeks that this so-called emergency brake was not being used sufficiently - as Merkel had criticized.

Apparently these are supposed to Rules are now made binding in the Infection Protection Act become. It was initially unclear what the additional regulations might look like. A struggle between the federal government and the federal states seems preprogrammed.

Experts concerned

Given increasing patient numbers in the third corona wave warned the chairman of the World Medical Association meanwhile in front of one Worsening of the situation in German hospitals. "We are now being caught up in the clinics by the infections that took place four weeks ago," said Frank Ulrich Montgomery to the "Passauer Neue Presse".

Also the triage will "definitely" stand in the room again. Triage means that Doctors make decisions based on scarce resources have to, whom to help first. "We were very grateful that it was not needed in the first two waves. It is conceivable that there will be situations in which it is used." It is therefore right that the clinics prepare for a rush, said Montgomery.

The Berlin Charité is also looking at the developments in the third wave of pandemics with great concern. "If the Number of seriously ill Covid patients the second wave surpasses, we come to a critical situation", said Martin Kreis, board member for health care in Germany's largest university clinic.

Sources used:
- German press agency

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