Corona plan of the traffic light: First rules seep through – clarity on test costs and 3G in the workplace

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The traffic light parties have agreed on an amendment to the Infection Protection Act. Basic corona measures are to be extended.

  • Germany and Bavaria are suffering from a sharp rise in the number of corona cases.
  • Doctors warn of an impending collapse in the health system (see preliminary report).
  • The SPD, Greens and FDP have now agreed on a catalog of corona measures (see update from November 8th, 6.45pm).

Update from November 8th, 6.45pm: The representatives of the traffic light parties have now officially agreed on a catalog of measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The aim is to include a “nationwide applicable catalog of possible protective measures” in the Infection Protection Act in order to ensure the ability to act even after the epidemic emergency of national scope expires on November 25th.

The new catalog is “limited to measures that can be useful and appropriate in the current phase of the pandemic fight,” says the draft law. “The application, which is differentiated according to the regional situation in the federal states, is guaranteed.” This includes, among other things, the extension of the social security systems (see update from November 8th, 5.45pm), as well as various other measures. Expressly mentioned are, among other things, distance requirements, mask requirements, 3G regulations for public spaces, the obligation to hygiene concepts and the collection and processing of personal data of guests.

According to information from the draft should also contain stricter penalties for falsifying vaccination certificates. Accordingly, imprisonment of up to two years or fines should be imposed on vaccination passport forgers in the future.

Corona plans: traffic light parties want to “get on the way” for 3G duty in the workplace

School closings and lockdown measures are not explicitly listed in the draft. Neither do 3G regulations in the workplace and the reintroduction of free citizen tests. Nevertheless, the traffic light parties have agreed to “get these measures on the way” – 3G compulsory at the workplace and free tests – apart from the change in the law.

The traffic light parties want to “protect as many people as possible, especially in the autumn and winter months,” said SPD parliamentary deputy Dirk Wiese. That is why they want to introduce free corona tests again and make a 3G obligation at work. In addition, according to Wiese, there will be “targeted surcharges” for hospitals that care for Covid patients.

Corona plans of the traffic light parties: First measures from the draft seep through

Update from November 8th, 5.45pm: The traffic light parties want to maintain the basic measures to combat the coronavirus in the future. This emerges from a draft to amend the Infection Protection Act, which the Editorial network Germany is present. “It is foreseeable that even if the determination of an epidemic situation of national scope no longer exists, certain measures to prevent the spread of infections with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will still be necessary to varying degrees,” reads an excerpt from the Draft.

Specifically, the traffic light parties want, among other things, to maintain financial security for those who have been damaged by the corona pandemic. The special regulation for child sickness benefits is to be extended until 2022. Likewise, the simplified application for Hartz IV should be retained for citizens who have suffered wage losses as a result of the pandemic. The asset test for the child allowance should therefore continue to be suspended.

The traffic light also wants to adhere to the existing occupational health and safety regulations and extend them for three months. Among other things, this means that employers will continue to be obliged to enforce a hygiene concept. In addition, the traffic light parties want to involve employers more closely in advertising vaccinations against the coronavirus. Information campaigns by the companies as well as vaccinations during working hours should be made possible.

Corona plans of the traffic light: No 3G regulation in the workplace – free tests are missing in the draft

According to the draft, employers in certain facilities should also be able to access data on the vaccination or recovery of their employees. This regulation should apply to companies “in which particularly vulnerable groups of people are housed or in which numerous people are exposed to an infection risk due to their proximity.”

Decisions on a mandatory 3G regulation in the workplace or the reintroduction of free citizen tests are missing in the draft. The latter could, however, also be introduced by changing the test regulation and would not require the approval of the Bundestag like that HE DOES with reference to negotiating circles. Parliament should deal with the draft of the traffic light parties in a first reading on Thursday.

Corona test turnaround? Traffic light plans probably leaked – Söder goes off with “absurd” accusation on Spahn

Update from November 8, 11:25 a.m .: The SPD, Greens and FDP want to present their further corona plans in the Bundestag today – meanwhile, further content has leaked. The traffic light parties apparently want to reintroduce free corona tests for everyone, enable more sick days for parents and oblige doctors to actively ask older patients to have a booster vaccination. That reports the image. There are also allegedly general test obligations in care facilities, also for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered.

Meanwhile, there is maneuver criticism from and in the Union. Still-Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier (CDU) advertised on Twitter for a “fair chance” for the traffic light, for example in terms of climate and growth, but also emphasized: “The lifting of the pandemic situation would currently be a serious mistake & the completely wrong signal . It would be a sign of greatness to change that. “

On this very occasion, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) targeted the outgoing Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). It was a mistake to propose the end of the epidemic situation, complained Söder in an interview with Deutschlandfunk: “It is absurd to proclaim an end to the epidemic situation.”

Traffic light plans for Corona: nationwide 2G rule excluded – doctors fear collapse

The traffic light parties want to bring the corona situation under control with measures such as a daily test obligation in old people’s and nursing homes

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Preliminary report: Berlin – The three parties of the traffic light coalition, SPD *, FDP * and Greens *, want one this Monday, November 8th
Present the legal basis for further combating the Corona * pandemic. On November 25, the special status of the epidemic situation of national scope expires. Now a solution is to be presented that enables the federal states to react to regional hotspots with measures.

Green parliamentary leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt rejected an extension on Sunday evening in the ARD program “Anne Will” and emphasized that a solution was necessary that was sufficient and legally secure, even in view of the majority of vaccinated people in Germany.

Traffic light parties are planning new anti-corona measures: Compulsory daily tests in old people’s and nursing homes

Important cornerstones in the draft of the coalition partners are above all regulations on the offer of corona tests *. Under
among other things, a daily test obligation for employees and visitors in nursing homes is to be introduced, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or recovered. The board of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, called in the imageto do this immediately and not wait until November 25th. In addition, the obligation to test must also apply to the millions of people who are cared for in outpatient care at home, in addition to the homes.

The traffic light parties want to dispense with a nationwide 2G rule. Göring-Eckardt did not want to comment on details of the new regulation to Anne Will. A nationwide 2G rule, i.e. access only for vaccinated and convalescent people in all public facilities and areas, cannot, however, from their point of view, be legally enforced nationwide.

Meanwhile, Saxony, as one of the federal states with the highest incidence and the lowest vaccination rate in Germany, has already implemented the 2G rule. From this Monday on, only those who have been vaccinated or have recovered will be allowed access to many areas of public life, such as indoor catering, cultural and leisure facilities or football stadiums. Bavaria has already tightened its regulations. Only vaccinated, convalescent and people with a negative PCR test have access to inns and events in closed rooms.

Avoid nationwide 2G rule: intensive care physicians fear collapse in German hospitals

The Greens and FDP also advocated offering corona citizen tests free of charge again in the winter half-year. FDP parliamentary group manager Marco Buschmann described the abolition of the free tests as a mistake. The reintroduction could help to interrupt chains of infection more quickly. According to Janosch Dahmen, health policy spokesman for the Greens, it is important that the results can be reliably viewed and accessed digitally via QR code.

Meanwhile, there is growing concern in hospitals that the intensive care units will actually be overloaded across regions. Christian Karagiannidis, scientific director of the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi), said in an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine his concern that if the increase in new infections continues to be so strong, the number of Covid patients in German intensive care units could double in the coming weeks. On Monday morning, the nationwide seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants climbed to the record high of 201.1. (kah/dpa) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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