New Infection Protection Act: Draft is to be presented today

The SPD, Greens and FDP want to present a bill to amend the Infection Protection Act this Monday.

Berlin – “On Monday we will present a bill to parliament to adequately and decisively combat Corona,” said SPD parliamentary deputy Dirk Wiese of “Welt” (Monday). Green parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt said on Sunday evening in the ARD program “Anne Will”: “We’ll say that tomorrow in Parliament, of course, and the groups first”.

The Bundestag wants to discuss a new Infection Protection Act on Thursday in the first reading. On November 25, the special status of the epidemic situation of national scope expires. Göring-Eckardt rejected an extension and emphasized that a solution was necessary that was sufficient and also legally secure. CSU boss Markus Söder replied in the ARD, what the current situation is, if not a pandemic.

From parliamentary groups it was said at the weekend that the three possible coalition partners wanted, among other things, to lay down new regulations for the test offer. The traffic light parties want to dispense with a nationwide 2G rule. As the “Bild am Sonntag” reported, citing negotiating circles, the SPD, Greens and FDP are considering, among other things, a daily test obligation for employees and visitors in nursing homes – regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or recovered.

The board of directors of the German Patient Protection Foundation, Eugen Brysch, called in the “Bild” newspaper (Monday) to implement this immediately and not to wait until November 25th. In addition, the obligation to test must apply to the entire care of the elderly, “also for a million people who are cared for by outpatient services at home”. SPD parliamentary group vice Wiese emphasized in the “Bild” newspaper that mandatory testing was already possible. “We are making it legally clear what is already being practiced in some countries.”

Göring-Eckardt did not want to comment on details of the new regulation. On the question of whether there should be a nationwide 2G rule, i.e. access only for vaccinated and convalescent people, she said that, in her view, it could not be made legally certain nationwide. The Bavarian Prime Minister spoke out in favor of more 2G rules and 3G rules in the workplace. Göring-Eckardt also described the latter as correct.

Representatives of the Greens and the FDP also called for corona citizen tests to be offered free of charge again in the winter half-year. “The abolition of the free citizen tests was a mistake,” said FDP parliamentary group manager Marco Buschmann the editorial network Germany (RND / Monday). The reintroduction would help to break chains of infection more quickly, he said. Janosch Dahmen, health policy spokesman for the Greens, also spoke out in the “Welt” in favor of returning to free tests, but warned for improvements: “When you return to free citizen tests, test results must be read in bindingly via QR code and, for example, by organizers or restaurateurs as in our neighboring countries are controlled exclusively digitally. ” (dpa)

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