Potsdam – In the state of Brandenburg, a three-day Christmas holiday is to be introduced and all Christmas markets are cancelled. The Kenyan government, led by Prime Minister Ditmar Woddick (SPD), made up of the Social Democrats, the CDU and the Greens, wants to make a decision on Tuesday with tight containment regulation.
This also provides for a nighttime curfew for the unvaccinated in hot spots – and the extension of 2G restrictions for the unvaccinated to department stores, malls and department stores as well as hairdressers. Grocery stores, drugstores and drugstores must be exempted from the new 2G rule. In addition, contact restrictions for the non-vaccinated were planned.
Due to the coronavirus case, school attendance in Brandenburg will soon no longer be mandatory. “We will cancel the obligation to be in schools,” Education Minister Britta Ernst (SPD) said Tuesday on the RBB Inforadio programme. “Many parents wish they didn’t want to send their kids to school.” Details – such as final chapter exceptions – are still being worked out
The tightening should be applied from Wednesday
With contact restrictions, according to the state chancellery, only a maximum of five people from a family or a maximum of two families should be allowed to meet in public places or at private ceremonies, not counting vaccinated people, those who have recovered and children under the age of twelve. On Monday, the AfD’s parliamentary group filed a constitutional complaint with the state constitutional court to overturn second-generation restrictions on non-vaccinated people in Brandenburg.
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The tightening, which should apply from Wednesday, crosses the Berlin line. Unlike Brandenburg, the Senate wants to leave the Christmas markets open. In a phone call, during which the Woidke government informed county administrators and mayors about the plans on Monday, there was public approval according to PNN research and only calls for further action. She added that tougher steps were needed “at the national level”.
Doubts about whether the measures are sufficient
According to participants’ statements, several county officials such as Siegurd Heinze (Oberspreewald-Lausitz) or Daniel Kurth (Ostprignitz-Ruppin), Potsdam Mayor Mike Schubert (both SPD) and the Association of Cities and Municipalities have expressed doubts about this. Corona measures planned by the Cabinet will be sufficient. This is especially true of schools, she said.
In addition to offering Christmas holidays until December 20, children and young adults must now test themselves daily (previously three times a week). Compulsory attendance is expected to be lifted from Monday, with the exception of sixth grade due to the transition to high schools and final grades. The transition to alternating layers is planned so far. Infections among children and adolescents, who are also on the rise, are currently three times higher than the average for the general population.
Occurrence on Monday in three regions more than 1000
According to the Ministry of Health, the seven-day rate of new infections in Brandenburg rose to 600.1 per 100,000 inhabitants on Tuesday, a new record. In the Lausitz counties of Elbe-Elster, Spree-Neisse and Oberspreewald-Lausitz, the 1,000 mark has already been crossed. There, if the new Corona rules come into effect as planned midnight Wednesday, a curfew will apply to the unvaccinated from 10 pm until 6 am.
Of the intensive care beds available across the country, 106 remain vacant, with the proportion of Covid patients now 13 per cent – above the yellow warning value. Patients from the south of the country have now been transferred to Märkisch-Oderland due to full intensive care units.
The Potsdam government wants to make a decision on tightening as early as Tuesday, as the current pandemic emergency will end on November 25 and some measures will not be possible under the new Infection Protection Act. For this reason, Acting Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has called for a rapid tightening of measures nationwide. “We have a very tragic situation,” Merkel said, according to participants in the CDU board meeting. “We have an attitude that is beyond anything we’ve had before.”