Updated Friday, April 9, 2021 – 13:10
Berlin will propose a change to the Infection Protection Law, approved at the beginning of the pandemic and which gave increased powers to the Minister of Health
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The German Government will propose next week a modification of the Infection Protection law to coordinate with the Lnder the application of measures to restrict public life due to the pandemic. The German Executive will meet next Tuesday, a day earlier than usual, with the intention of proposing this change with the purpose that “the Federation and the Lnder” act jointly, said the deputy government spokesperson, Ulrike Demmer.
The spokeswoman reported that the meeting that was scheduled for next Monday between the Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the regional prime ministers is suspended and that next week a meeting between the central government and the regions is not scheduled. Demmer advanced that the Government will propose a change to the Infection Protection Law, approved at the beginning of the pandemic and which gave the Minister of Health amplified powers, Jens spahn.
The objective is to specify what type of restrictions will be applied in a region when the weekly incidence exceeds 100 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants, said the spokeswoman for the Executive, who added that the objective of the reform, which she said was already agreed with the leaders of the Lnder, is “act federally”.
The German Minister of the Interior, Horst seehofer, proposed a few days ago to redesign the current legislation so that the federal government assumes the reins of the fight against the pandemic, instead of leaving its implementation to the responsibility of regional powers. Merkel had already urged the Lnder to comply with the agreements adopted and activate the so-called “emergency brake” in the face of the clear upturn in new cases in recent weeks.
The restrictions and the set of measures against Covid are regulated by this law, the change of which will be proposed by the Government of Berlin, although in practice, and in accordance with the German federal system, its implementation is the responsibility of the Lnder, which ends up resulting in multiple variations, at the discretion of each regional government.
Germany registered 25,464 new infections with coronavirus in the last 24 hours – more than 3,500 more than a week ago – and 296 fatalities – compared to 232 last Friday – according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) updated last midnight. In the country as a whole, the cumulative incidence in seven days rose to 110.4 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, up from 105.7 yesterday and 134.0 a week ago.
The peak incidence had been registered on December 22 with 197.6 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week and on January 28 it fell below 100 for the first time in three months; by mid-February it had dropped even below 60.
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