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The German Cabinet approved amendments to the Infection Protection Act, today Tuesday (April 13th) in Berlin. According to these amendments, citizens in large parts of Germany will have to be prepared for curfews and shop closures in accordance with binding regulations nationwide.

According to the amendments, if the infection rate is more than 100 for a period of three days, the affected states or regions must tighten public safety measures, and among the measures is to impose a night curfew from 9 pm until 5 am.

Restrictions will also be imposed on movement for certain periods. In condolences, only a maximum of 15 people are allowed to meet. The agreement also stipulated that studying in schools will stop if infection rates exceed 200 per 100,000 people within a week.

In the event that the infection rate reaches 100 cases per hundred thousand people for a period of seven days or more, the draft amendment stipulates tightening the rules for social mixing, as private family meetings will only be allowed with another person, provided that their total number does not exceed five people without counting children.

Only a few exceptions may apply to curfews, for example in cases of medical emergencies or commuting to work, but not for solitary evening strolling.

In this case, it will be prohibited to open shops, with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies, and stores specializing in baby supplies, as well as book stores, flower shops and garden supplies stores.

Offers of accommodation for tourist purposes in hotel establishments will also be prohibited if the infection rate in a region rises to this extent.

According to the draft, tests for Corona detection will be mandatory for school students twice a week. The amendments also stipulate the closure of schools in the event that the infection rate in a region rises to more than 200 cases per 100,000 people within three consecutive days.

In addition to amending the Infection Protection Act, the Cabinet also paved the way for requiring companies to submit offers of Corona tests to their employees. The amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act stipulates that companies provide their employees with tests, usually once a week.

In order for it to be approved and acted upon, it will be necessary to present this plan to the German parliament, “the Bundestag”, where the government wants to pass it in a speedy procedure and then to present it and approve it to the Bundesrat.

The strict lockdown and testing rules aim to reduce the number of people infected with Corona and deaths so that the pandemic can be controlled through gradual vaccinations.

AAJ / AAA (DPA, AFP)





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