Rising infection figures, the return of old rules and Spahn’s new testing strategy: an overview of the Corona situation on Tuesday.
Bavaria will also have an alcohol ban in the future Photo: Peter Kneffel/dpa
In municipalities in Bavaria particularly affected by the Corona pandemic, not only will masks be compulsory in heavily frequented public places in the future, but alcohol will also be banned. That decided the Bavarian cabinet on Tuesday in Munich as a reaction to the partly again strongly rising infection numbers in the Land.
According to this, a package of measures is to take effect whenever 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a region are exceeded in seven days, which may also include a curfew between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. In principle, this was also possible in the past, but the state government’s new regulation stipulates that the municipalities are more clearly required to also implement the measures.
In the opinion of Minister President Markus Soder, "a great many" vacationers are still responsible for the current high Corona figures in Bavaria. The CSU politician also spoke of excessive recklessness among many people. "The number of those who become infected via carelessness is growing." He said this is evident from the high number of young infected people – there is not yet a strong awareness of the danger of Corona among some.
Due to a significant increase in new Corona infections, the city of Hamm in North Rhine-Westphalia also further tightened its pandemic regulations on Tuesday. Only five people or people from two households are allowed to gather in public spaces, a city spokesman said Tuesday. In addition, secondary schools are again required to wear masks in class. The regulations will initially apply for two weeks.
Criticism and praise for Spahn’s ideas
In the 180,000-inhabitant city in Westphalia, the seven-day incidence was 87.1 at noon on Tuesday and thus so clearly above the critical value 50 as currently nowhere else in Germany. This means that there were 87.1 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in Hamm within one week. On Monday the city had indicated the incidence value still with 70,9.
Hamm had already tightened first Corona conditions on Monday with immediate effect. So are now private celebrations with sociable character such as round birthdays, weddings and anniversaries from 25 participants notifiable. From 50 participants up to the upper limit of 150 participants, celebrations must be approved by the city.
In order to combat the corona pandemic in Germany, Health Minister Jens Spahn wants to increase the use of rapid tests from October, in addition to the usual corona tests, to be used for travelers and in care facilities. There are now European and transatlantic manufacturers who can provide these rapid tests on a monthly basis in "appreciable quantities," the CDU politician said Tuesday at a Franco-German parliamentary meeting in Berlin. The quality of the rapid tests is not yet as good as that of normal PCR tests, he said. "But it is good enough," he added.
Meanwhile, another part of Spahn’s Corona strategy is meeting with mixed reactions from doctors’ associations. Spahn had announced Monday that he would set up fever outpatient clinics for respiratory diseases across the country in the fall. The chairwoman of the Marburger Bund, Susanne Johna, described such contact points as very sensible. "It is essential to avoid that patients with other diseases shy away from going to the doctor or to the clinic," she told the "Passauer Neue Presse" (Tuesday).
Clear refusal expressed against it the child and youth physician federation (BVKJ). Its president Thomas Fischbach explained on Tuesday in Cologne, it is to be expected that infants and toddlers with their high infection number in the autumn and winter the largest patient portion in such Ambulanzen to make. But such outpatient clinics are not geared to the needs of young patients, he said. The holistic concept of care in pediatric practices would be severely disrupted, he warned.