The German cabinet has prepared a bill that can be used to declare its blockade. Now, regional or local authorities are still deciding whether to impose a blockade, but Chancellor Merkel hopes to limit this independence. Some federal state chiefs have different estimates of the threat of corona from the federal government and oppose stricter measures.
If the number of corona infections for three consecutive days in a week exceeds 100 out of 100,000 residents per 100,000 residents, the “Federal Emergency Brake” will be pulled. Between 9 pm and 5 am, the city or region will have a curfew, non-essential shops will be closed, and people can only receive at most one visitor at home. If the number of infections exceeds 200, the school will also be closed.
Reporter Judith van der Helsbeck said that, in fact, the federal government and the federal states have agreed on these rules for a long time. “But in fact it has little effect. The federal states keep inventing new things to get rid of strict regulations.”
Need a two-thirds majority
According to Schleswig-Holstein, in all states, there are currently more than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week. Data from the Robert Koch Institute. In Saxony and Thuringia, the number of new infections exceeds 200.
The bill has not yet been approved by both houses of parliament. Van de Hulsbeek predicts that this will be exciting because the cabinet is anxious. “This should happen this week. If the government wants to be so swift, it needs an overwhelming majority in the Bundestag. Some opposition has already expressed opposition.” For example, automatic curfews are a sensitive issue.