Accumulated incidence in Germany adds another new record for the sixteenth consecutive day and close to 400 new infections with coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, while the debate continues on the option of making the vaccine mandatory.
The incidence stands at 399.8 new infections, compared to 386.5 this Monday, 312.4 a week ago and 100 a month ago, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) updated last morning.
Health authorities reported 45,326 new infections in 24 hours and 309 deaths, while active cases number around 651,500.
The cumulative seven-day income rate in Germany currently stands at 5.28 per 100,000 inhabitants, and occupancy in ICU patients with COVID is 16.7% beds available in critical care units for the adult population.
The vaccination campaign registers a certain acceleration, only in regards to booster doses, though.
The vaccination rate is one of the lowest in Europe, with only 70.5% of the population vaccinated, 68% with the complete regimen.
Given these data, there are already five regional heads of government – from Schleswig-Holstein, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony-Anhalt and Hesse – who areThey are open to considering a mandatory vaccine.
Should it be mandatory?
In a column in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Bavarian head of government, Markus Söder, and the head of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, they advocate the obligation, which they say “does not constitute a violation of individual freedoms.”
“Rather it is the condition to regain our freedom”, they write.
In statements to New Osnabrück Newspaper, the jurist of the Humboldt University of Berlin, Ulrich Battis assures that preventively vaccinate citizens is perfectly compatible with the Basic Law, which in article 2 “establishes the protection of the lives of others.”
In the opinion of the jurist, the obligation should arrive “as soon as possible”, despite the fact that it can no longer have an impact on the fourth wave – “for that it is too late” -, but yes to help against a fifth.
The law professor Franz C. Mayer also sees the obligation as compatible with the Basic Law and points out that it all depends on good motives and proportionality.
“The freedom of the individual ends when the freedom and health of others is in danger, and this is the case here, if the vaccination campaign does not work,” he told the RedaktionsNetzerk Deutchland (RND) media network.
However, the acting Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, yesterday again expressed his skepticism about the possibility of a mandatory vaccine and insisted that what it is about is to break the fourth wave and “no mandatory vaccine breaks this hello, “he said.
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