Germany to Impose New Coronavirus Rules Amid Record Rise in Cases | Germany

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Germany is set to impose further restrictions on coronaviruses amid a record rise in infections.

Contacts are to be reduced to a maximum of two households, and no more than 10 people, according to initial unconfirmed reports from a video meeting Wednesday between Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany’s 16 states.

The government should advise Germans to avoid “unnecessary private travel”, including visiting relatives.

Restaurants, bars, leisure facilities and cultural institutes, including opera houses and theaters, are expected to face closure orders, while schools and nurseries are expected to remain open, along with the majority of businesses and workplaces, according to the draft proposals.

The measures, the most spectacular in months to fight an exponential rise in new infections, are expected to take effect Monday and continue through November. They will be seen again after two weeks.

Ahead of the meeting, Merkel said measures were needed to deal with a situation that was likely to get out of hand. New infections in Germany are doubling every seven to eight days, while the number of occupied intensive care beds has doubled about every 10 days. “We only need to double down four more times and then the system is done,” she said.

Merkel told state leaders that “every day counts”, arguing that the more they do now, “the more time we buy for the Christmas holidays.”

Heads of state have often been reluctant to acknowledge the urgency of the situation and last month Merkel was accused of alarmism after suggesting that infections could be over 19,000 a day over Christmas. But this figure will probably be reached much sooner.

The effect of the new measures on the health care system is not expected to be fully evident for 30 days.

Olaf Scholz, the finance minister, announced that the government would again dip into the country’s tax revenue to help lessen the financial impact on businesses forced to close. He said small businesses would be compensated up to 75% of their income for the same period last year, for the time they were forced to shut down, while large businesses, he said, should receive up to 70% of the state. The month-long lockdown is estimated to cost the state between € 7 billion and € 10 billion.

In Berlin, thousands of people from the arts and hospitality industries have taken to the streets to protest what they see as the neglect of their sector, amid growing feelings of anger over mismanagement Politics. Flamenco dancers, DJs, hoteliers and waiters were among those who marched through the government quarter to call on leaders to respond to their plea for financial aid.

With private gatherings reduced to a maximum of two households and no more than 10 people, a debate was sparked over how the rules would be controlled.

Karl Lauterbach, the health expert for the Social Democrats, sparked outrage earlier today by suggesting that it may become necessary to do home checks on private households to make sure people are complying the rules.

Having initially appeared to claim that the police should be able to enter people’s homes, he then changed his remarks and said that the Ordnungsämter, or orderlies, who are already a permanent fixture on German streets, could ring the doorbells. and talk to people to make sure they knew it. and followed the rules.

Hessian Head of State Volker Bouffier called on the government to declare a national health emergency to facilitate the implementation of the new rules across the country.

The measures have been widely referred to as a “lockdown lite”, although the government has been reluctant to label them as such, speaking instead of a “wave break”.

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