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Merkel's Corona emergency brake: Country chief "does not want to loosen up now" - and criticizes Söder

2021-04-21T08:22:57.278Z

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to use the Corona emergency brake to ensure uniform nationwide rules. In addition to many critical voices, one federal state has already announced its support. The news ticker for the emergency brake.



Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to use the Corona emergency brake to ensure uniform nationwide rules.

In addition to many critical voices, one federal state has already announced its support.

The news ticker for the emergency brake.

  • In the fight against the Corona * pandemic, Angela Merkel is now relying on a nationwide uniform emergency braking law.

  • Hamburg will in all likelihood approve the corona emergency brake on Thursday.

  • The planned curfew in particular continues to cause discussions, although it has been revised and defused by the coalition.

    (

    see update from April 19, 3:28 p.m. and 3:40 p.m.)

  • This news ticker is continuously updated.

Update from April 20, 4:55 p.m.:

Hamburg will most likely approve the nationwide Corona emergency brake in the Federal Council on Thursday.

“We will adapt to the Infection Protection Act, where there are additional restrictions.

But we will not loosen our measures now, because we are now in a situation in which the number of infections is no longer increasing. ”However, Prime Minister Peter Tschentscher (SPD) criticized the fact that in the draft law easing such as the“ Click & Meet ”shopping at Incidences of over 100 are foreseen.

“This is a concept from Bavaria that I don't think is right”.

Corona emergency brake: Praise and criticism for the threshold for school closings

Update from April 20, 12:18 p.m

.: The President of the German Medical Association (BÄK), Klaus Reinhardt, considers the threshold for school closings to be appropriate compared to other measures.

It was right to try to keep the lessons going for as long as possible, he told the dpa.

It has been shown that the social isolation resulting from digital lessons can trigger significant developmental disorders in children.

Reinhart referred above all to the personal development of children.

However, he is critical of the criteria that are used to trigger the emergency brake.

In addition to the incidence, key figures such as the number of Covid 19 patients in need of intensive care and the number of people vaccinated daily should be included.

Update from April 20, 11:18 a.m.:

The German Teachers Association still considers the limit for school

closings

provided for in the new Infection

Protection Act

to be too high. It is a step forward that, after revisions, a corona incidence value of 165 is planned as the limit for the end of classroom teaching, "but an incidence of 165 is still clearly too high," said association president Heinz-Peter Meidinger of the Funke media group. “Face-to-face lessons must be ended from an incidence of 100,” demanded Meidinger instead. Initially, the federal government's draft law even provided for a limit of 200.

One should not forget that the nationwide incidence in the age group between 10 and 19 years is already significantly higher than in the general population, warned Meidinger.

"In order to effectively stop the spread of the virus in schools, face-to-face lessons must be ended at an incidence of 100." He has no understanding why schools are set to a different, coarser standard than in other areas of society.

Merkel's Corona emergency brake: Left angry about the approach to improvements - "Not acceptable"

Update from April 19, 7:35 p.m.:

The opposition in the Bundestag is also dissatisfied with the new variant of the Corona emergency brake: After the FDP, the left has now also renewed its criticism. “With the announcement of the curfew, the federal government has maneuvered itself into a dead end. She now wants to enforce this against law and reason “, said the health policy spokesman for the parliamentary group, Achim Kessler. With crowds in supermarkets and public transport and a shift of life indoors, the rule can even be counterproductive. Chancellor Angela Merkel's GroKo implements “tough restrictions in the private sector”, but handles the economy “with kid gloves”, for example in tests and on the subject of home office.

Kessler also criticized the government's dealings with parliament. “The coalition's amendments are arriving less than an hour before the crucial committee meeting,” he complained. “This includes an authorization for the federal government to issue ordinances that it can change the statutory measures at will without the consent of the Bundestag. That is not acceptable. "

Update from April 19, 5:14 p.m

.: The Corona emergency brake is being modified.

There are currently many indications that the curfew will not

apply

nationwide until 10 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. (

see update at 3:28 p.m.

).

However, Baden-Württemberg does not want to join the planned adjustment.

In the southwest, there is a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. if the incidence of 100 is exceeded in urban and rural districts.

"The times are not now to loosen up plans," said government spokesman Rudi Hoogvliet of the German press agency.

"The situation is precarious, even in the intensive care units."

Fr.de *

also reports on the development of the Corona emergency brake

.

Federal emergency brake: focus on curfew - FDP will "not yet agree" despite changes

Update from April 19, 3:40 p.m.:

SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich assumes that lawsuits against the federal emergency brake have little chance due to the defused plans for exit restrictions. "We are firmly convinced that this is a portable area that can withstand the review on the part of the courts," said Mützenich on Monday after a meeting of the SPD parliamentary group.

The FDP also has fundamental concerns - also against the new version of the Infection Protection Act.

"The way the law is now being changed, we will not be able to agree despite slight improvements," said FDP leader Christian Lindner on Monday in Berlin.

His party will therefore propose its own amendments.

"The curfew is still imperfectly regulated, you don't need it in this form," said Lindner.

"And also with the incidence number 165: That is taken, only one indicator at all, the incidence." There is "no set of indicators, no test-wise opening in model projects."

Update from April 19, 3:28 p.m .:

In sometimes difficult discussions, the parliamentary groups of the Union and SPD agreed on numerous changes to the planned nationwide corona emergency brake. The home office obligation, which was previously regulated by ordinance, is now to be anchored in the Infection Protection Act. Accordingly, employers must offer their employees "in the case of office work or comparable activities" to carry out this in their own home "if there are no compelling operational reasons to the contrary". The employees must accept this offer "provided there are no reasons to the contrary". The requirement applies regardless of the incidence. In addition, there should also be new regulations for funerals. The maximum number of participants allowed in events “in the event of death” from an incidence of 100 or more will be doubled from 15 to 30.

There should also be new changes to the planned nationwide corona emergency brake at zoos.

So far, it is planned that zoos and botanical gardens will have to close at an incidence of 100 or more.

The coalition groups want the outside areas of such facilities to be able to open up further if “appropriate protection and hygiene concepts” are adhered to.

In addition, visitors from the age of six must have a negative corona test.

There is also another change in foot care.

Analogous to the hairdressers, podiatrists should also be allowed to work on customers with incidences over 100.

Curfew and retail: Merkel's federal emergency brake is being improved by the GroKo

Update from April 19, 2:11 p.m.:

There are some changes to the planned federal emergency brake. In retail, the collection of ordered goods (Click & Collect) should still be possible even with high numbers of infections. For children up to the age of 14, sport should continue to be possible in groups. Employers must provide two corona tests per week. All regulations are initially limited to June 30th. The Bundestag wants to pass the changes on Wednesday. On Thursday it would be the turn of the Federal Council, the Chamber of States. The emergency brake should then be put into practice as quickly as possible without a specific date for it yet.

Update from April 19, 11.25 a.m.:

Apparently, the Union and SPD have agreed in the Bundestag on changes to the Infection Protection Act. This is reporting the

world

. The nightly exit restrictions should therefore only apply from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. instead of 9 p.m. if the incidence value in regions is over 100 for three days in a row. However, from 10 p.m. to midnight it should be possible to go for a walk or jog alone.

Another point of contention is the schools: This is where a new number seems to come into play: According to

Welt

, distance learning should become compulsory from an incidence of 165, no longer as originally planned from 200. In addition, the Bundestag should in future give its binding consent if the federal government takes part in a Federal regulation wants to impose further measures.

According to the information, the emergency brake regulation will automatically expire on June 30th.

A statement from SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich is planned for 1 p.m.

Bundestag advises on corona emergency brake: FDP sets conditions

Update from April 19, 11:10 a.m.:

There is still no agreement on the Infection Protection Act in the Bundestag. But this week will be decisive

(see first report)

. The night-time exit restrictions are a major point of discussion. The FDP has already threatened to take legal action before the Federal Constitutional Court. But not at any price. She wants to forego a constitutional complaint against the nationwide emergency brake if certain conditions are met in the legislative process. The sovereignty of the states in educational issues should be respected and the planned curfews eased, said FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing to the newspapers of the

Neue Berliner Redaktionsgesellschaft

.

The measures should not only be tied to the bare incidence, said FDP parliamentary director Marco Buschmann of the

world

.

In addition, there must be exceptions for people who have been vaccinated and tested.

In addition, the Federal Government's authorization for ordinances on further measures must be linked to genuine approval by the Bundestag.

"If the grand coalition refuses to make these changes, we will be forced to go to Karlsruhe," said Buschmann.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) takes part in the session of the Bundestag.

© Kay Nietfeld / dpa

Corona emergency brake: Bundestag parliamentary groups from CDU / CSU and SPD are talking about changes to the Infection Protection Act

Update from April 19, 6.45 a.m.:

It could be the crucial week: The deliberations on a nationwide emergency brake will continue on Monday.

The parliamentary groups of the CDU / CSU and SPD will speak at 11.30 a.m. in video conferences about changes to the Infection Protection Act.

Parliament discussed the government's draft last week and will vote on it on Wednesday.

At the weekend there were still negotiations between the coalition factions about final changes.

Consultations about the Corona emergency brake go into a crucial week - especially from FDP criticism

There had been a lot of criticism, especially from the FDP. It was even threatened with a constitutional lawsuit. Secretary General Volker Wissing now named conditions under which the FDP would forego this. "We want to get a better law," he told the partner newspapers of the Neue Berliner Redaktionsgesellschaft. For this it must be subject to approval in the Federal Council and respect the sovereign rights of the federal states in matters of education. “Inadmissible encroachments on fundamental rights” such as curfews should also be deleted. "That would be a viable option for us," said Wissing.

Hamburg's First Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) spoke out in favor of restricting freedom of assembly.

In the

image

policy talk “The right questions” he said on Sunday: “It would make sense for the federal government to expressly include in the Infection Protection Act that the right of assembly can also be restricted here as well as other basic rights.” Even if freedom of assembly is a high one and something worth protecting is: With the breakup of large-scale demonstrations like in Dresden and Leipzig, "one overtaxes the police," said Tschentscher.

Merkel's Corona emergency brake: is there a threat of tightening school closings before the decision is made?

Update from April 18, 4:18 p.m

.: Open schools or not? The emergency brake regulation also has an impact on this question. In many parts of Baden-Württemberg, for example, the Corona emergency brake is currently stopping the school openings planned for next Monday (April 19) for all children and adolescents. In 11 of 44 urban and rural districts alone, schools will largely remain closed because they have either been three days above the incidence of 200 or are about to do so. In Corona hotspots with more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants recently: there should only be distance learning inside a week. This regulation could now be tightened even further.

Because although the emergency brake has not yet been decided by the Federal Council and the Bundestag, the area of ​​schools could already be tightened.

According to a draft of the Union, schools should not only close from the previously applicable seven-day incidence of 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

According to information from Reuters, the Union insisted on this from coalition circles.

This was preceded by criticism from experts that a closure from an incidence of 200 or more would be too late.

Criticism of Merkel's Corona emergency brake does not stop: SPD parliamentary group leader calls for sports opportunities for children

Update from April 18, 11 a.m.:

The criticism of the government's new federal emergency brake continues. And it also comes from the grand coalition. Rolf Mützenich railed against the curfew. "It must be possible for adults to stretch their legs despite all the restrictions," explains the SPD parliamentary group leader in

Bild am Sonntag

. He also demands: “Children must be able to play sports in small groups. Especially since we know from experts that the risk of infection outside is many times lower than in closed rooms. "

However, the party is fundamentally behind the new Infection Protection Act, because it is now "important that we do not give up on the last few meters and continue to adhere to the rules". Since the resolutions of the Prime Minister's Conference had not been implemented, it would be “necessary for the federal government to intervene and ensure largely nationwide uniformity”.

Mützenich also used the opportunity to criticize the Union, which has got stuck in the dispute over the candidacy for chancellor.

“It is really frightening what our coalition partner is up to,” complains the social democrat: “Day after day, the CDU and CSU frivolously mess around with their internal dispute over power and vanity, instead of worrying about the important things.” Therefore, he urges the Union faction to do so on "that she puts her priority on fighting the pandemic and passes the law with us in the coming week".

Merkel's Corona emergency brake under fire: Chancellor urges you to hurry

First report from April 18th:

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the members of the Bundestag on Friday with haunting words.

She called for a hurry: "Every day earlier that the emergency brake is applied nationwide is a day won." But the planned law continues to cause heated discussions.

The curfew in particular is causing displeasure.

In the Bundestag there was a heated exchange of blows over the planned Corona emergency brake on Friday.

Merkel spoke of bottlenecks in intensive care units, for example in Cologne, Bremen and Berlin.

But it is not yet clear whether the law in its current form will really come into force.

The law is to be passed in the Bundestag on Wednesday.

Shortly afterwards, the Federal Council is to cast its vote.

The AfD and the Left have signaled a general rejection of the federal plans.

The FDP believes nationwide action is necessary, but still threatens a constitutional complaint because of the planned exit restrictions from 9 p.m.

And the planned school closings from an incidence of 200 are also causing discussions.

For many, such as Green Party leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt, this limit comes too late.

Merkel's Corona emergency brake: Altmaier defends curfew with a drastic forecast

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier has meanwhile clearly spoken out in favor of the consistent application of the planned curfews. This is "a signal for the drama of the situation," he told the

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

. "Everywhere in the world where a wave of infections has been successfully broken, this has been achieved with the instrument of a hard lockdown *", Altmaier continues. In his view, the alternative would be “total overloading of the health system, with tens of thousands of additional deaths”.

With the law, there should be nationwide regulations for corona measures in the future.

If the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days in a city or a district exceeds 100 on three consecutive days, shops, for example, have to be closed and exit restrictions apply from 9 p.m.

Schools should no longer be allowed to offer face-to-face classes with a value of 200 or more.

Until now, such measures have been the responsibility of the federal states.

The federal government initiated the renewed amendment to the Infection Protection Act as a result of the failure of the so-called Easter rest period.

Merkel's Corona emergency brake: the current schedule

The debates continue for the time being.

The current schedule for the emergency brake:

  • Monday

    : The SPD parliamentary group will be discussing the new Infection Protection Act at a special meeting from 11.30 a.m.

    The Social Democrats want to relax the night curfew.

    Individual walks and “individual sports” such as jogging should still be allowed after 9 p.m.

    At the Union, the executive group committee (2 p.m.) and the entire group committee (4 p.m.) meet.


    In the afternoon at 2 p.m., the health committee will also hold a special meeting on the federal government's bill - it could already decide on changes.

  • Tuesday

    : The SPD parliamentary group meets again at 2 p.m. for a parliamentary group meeting, the Union parliamentary group at 3 p.m.

  • Wednesday

    : The Bundestag starts the final deliberations at 11 a.m. as part of the second and third readings. The result should be known in the early afternoon. The bill is passed if it receives a simple majority of the votes.

  • Thursday

    : The Federal Council is expected to have a special session at 11 a.m.

    The heads of government are likely to set out in a debate what they think of the new regulation - there is certainly criticism in the countries.

    However, the state chamber does not have to actively agree.

    Since the federal government presented the emergency brake as an objection law, the meeting only asks whether the mediation committee is called or an objection is lodged.

    For this to happen, a majority in the regional chamber would have to vote in favor - which is not to be expected.

  • Once the law has passed the Federal Council, it is forwarded to Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has to issue it.

    It

    should then come into force by

    Monday, April 26th

    .

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Source: merkur

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