Traffic light parties present proposal for a new corona legal basis

SPD, Greens and FDP

The Bundestag first determined the special situation in March 2020 and last confirmed this at the end of August.

(Foto: imago images/Mike Schmidt)

Berlin It is the first joint legislative initiative of the traffic light parties: In the debate about the future legal basis for corona measures such as mask and contact rules until winter, the SPD, Greens and FDP want to present a paper on Wednesday that states the “orderly termination” the “epidemic situation of national scope” provides. The special situation will not be extended, says the initiative that is available to the Handelsblatt and will be presented in Berlin on Wednesday morning.

The Bundestag first established the “epidemic situation” in March 2020 and last established it at the end of August. Without an extension, the measure ends on November 24th.

Instead, the plan of the traffic light parties provides for a legal basis for the federal states to be created by the beginning of spring on March 20 of next year, which enables “less intervention-intensive measures”. These include SPD, Greens and FDP the mask requirement, hygiene and distance rules and access rules for vaccinated, recovered and tested (3G).

The measures in the Corona Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance, simplified access to basic security and the special regulation on daily child sickness allowance should also apply by the deadline.

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“The key to ending the pandemic is as high a vaccination rate as possible,” says the paper. “We will therefore convene a practitioner panel“ vaccination speed ”, in which we will work with practitioners to find ways to significantly accelerate the vaccination progress Elderly is still hesitantly accepted.

Pandemic situation is worsening

“The state of emergency must not become a permanent state. We have to come to a new normal, and that as quickly as possible, ”said FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing to the newspapers of the Funke media group. “The German Bundestag has to decide things again – and not the federal government with extensive authorization.”

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) also advocates an expiry of the “epidemic situation”, but insists on the necessary protective rules. According to the Infection Protection Act, it exists “if there is a serious risk to public health in the entire Federal Republic of Germany”.

Meanwhile, the pandemic is worsening significantly. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Wednesday morning as 118.0. For comparison: the previous day the value was 113.0, a week ago it was 80.4. The health authorities in Germany reported 23,212 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics also increased significantly.

With agency material.

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