Home office, mask requirement and 3G: The deliberations on the new infection protection law of the traffic light parties are discussed in the Bundestag. The news ticker.
+++ 11.04 a.m .: If the draft law wins the approval of the majority with the votes of the future traffic light coalition, the Federal Council still has to give its approval. The Union is threatening a blockade. Today, Thursday, the federal and state governments will meet for deliberations in the afternoon.
+++ 10.50 a.m .: The Bundestag is slowly preparing for the votes. The vote on the amendment of the Infection Protection Act takes place in a roll call. The process can take until 11.30 a.m.
+++ 10.37 a.m .: Karl Lauterbach’s Twitter attack against the AfD*. The SPD health expert writes in the short message service: “In the debate on Covid, AfD MP Sichert speaks from the tribune, he is sitting there because he does not want to be tested. From there he rushes against the vaccination, it is more dangerous than Covid “
In the debate on Covid, AfD MP Sichert speaks from the tribune, he is sitting there because he does not want to be tested. From there he rushes against the vaccination, it is more dangerous than Covid. And you have to listen to that in the Bundestag. People like him are to blame that others die pic.twitter.com/1d2qjD5Rxf
– Karl Lauterbach (@Karl_Lauterbach) November 18, 2021
+++ 10.20 a.m .: The left in the Bundestag has criticized the lack of reliability in the corona policy. “After almost two years of pandemic, many citizens are tired of hearing sayings where the half-life does not even survive the lunch break – that undermines acceptance,” said parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch in the debate about the new Corona regulations. Too little has happened in the past few months. There is a federal government that has gone into summer sleep.
+++ 10.10 a.m .: The Union parliamentary group vice-chairman Thorsten Frei has accused the SPD, Greens and FDP of going in the wrong direction when fighting the pandemic. “Please turn around,” said the CDU politician in the Bundestag on Thursday. The traffic light’s plans not to prolong the “epidemic situation of national scope” previously determined by the Bundestag are irresponsible. This would knock instruments out of the hands of the countries. “This is not how we fight the pandemic,” said Frei.
+++ 10.00 a.m .: The draft law of the traffic light parliamentary groups “does not do justice to the drama of the situation”, criticized the Union parliamentary group vice Stephan Stracke (CSU) the plans of the future government. “They shorten the catalog of measures of the federal states.” It is a mistake not to prolong the epidemic situation of national scope. The SPD also delayed the convening of the federal-state consultations on the corona situation. “That shows: you have no plan for this pandemic,” said Stracke. The traffic light parties would have “completely lost”.
Katrin Göring-Eckardt criticizes North Rhine-Westphalia
+++ 9.47 am: Green parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt has rejected the CDU / CSU’s criticism of the traffic light parties’ corona plans. “The legal situation that you are suing here exists,” she said to a previous speaker from the CSU in the Bundestag. However, tougher measures to combat pandemics have not been implemented by many countries.
“If you want to celebrate Carnival on the one hand and say ‘That was really great’ and the day after tomorrow say ‘But we have a huge emergency’, then that’s definitely not credible for me from North Rhine-Westphalia,” said Göring-Eckardt. The measures now planned went much further than the previous ones.
Debate on the Infection Protection Act in the Bundestag: Union continues to reject draft law
+++ 09.37 a.m .: The Union continues to reject the draft law as inadequate and is pushing for more extensive regulations. That is why SPD health expert Sabine Dittmar accuses the CDU / CSU of wanting to maintain “special rights” such as curfews and a ban on accommodation.
+++ 9.30 a.m .: The SPD has defended the planned new corona regulations in the Bundestag against criticism. “We are reacting to the very difficult corona situation with necessary and legally certain measures,” said SPD health expert Sabine Dittmar in her speech. This would give the federal states more opportunities to act than with the legal situation that is still in force. This also included options for health authorities to order individual closings in the event of specific outbreaks.
Debate on the Infection Protection Act in the Bundestag: parties stick to their positions
+++ 9.15 a.m .: The debate starts with a tough argument. The CDU wants to extend the current Infection Protection Act, the traffic lights remain with their draft law. The CDU makes it clear that it will not approve the draft today.
+++ 8.30 a.m .: From 9 a.m. on Thursday (November 18, 2021), the Bundestag wants to vote on the new corona measures developed by the presumed future government groups SPD, Greens and FDP. The traffic light groups quickly put the new infection protection law into force. It provides, for example, that counterfeiters of corona tests, recovery or vaccination certificates face up to five years in prison in the worst case. Anyone who uses buses, trains and planes taking off in this country must therefore be able to prove in future that they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested – there are exceptions for children, among other things. Employees and visitors should only get access to nursing homes, clinics and facilities for people with disabilities with a daily negative test.
If the respective parliament so decides, the states should be able to continue to take tough measures, such as restrictions and bans on events in leisure, culture and sport. Church services and tourism, for example, should no longer be restricted. Big criticism of the plans comes from the Union. She threatens to deny the necessary approval to the rules in the Federal Council on Friday because, in her opinion, it does not go far enough.
Corona regulations: Traffic light coalition presents Infection Protection Act
Update from 11/18/2021, 08:08 a.m .: The President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, drew a dramatic picture of the current Corona situation in Germany on Wednesday evening (November 17, 2021). The numbers went up steeply, they were higher than known: “The under-reporting of the true numbers is increasing,” he said at an online discussion event. Behind the more than 50,000 infections that are currently registered per day, “there are at least twice or three times as many”. Among other things, Wieler advocated vaccinating pharmacists. “We are in an emergency, and in an emergency you have to be generous with certain things.”
In view of the dramatic situation, politicians are fighting for quick countermeasures. Today, Thursday (November 18, 2021), the Bundestag wants to vote on the new corona measures drawn up by the presumed future government factions SPD, Greens and FDP. Big criticism of the plans comes from the Union. She threatens to refuse the necessary approval to the rules on Friday (November 19, 2021) in the Federal Council because, in her opinion, it does not go far enough. On Thursday lunchtime, the Prime Ministers will also discuss how to proceed with Corona with the Executive Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). It should be about a uniform line for example with access rules, alarm thresholds of the hospital load and more vaccinations.
Infection Protection Act: New corona rules have been submitted to the Bundestag
First report: Berlin – The discussions on the new Infection Protection Act by the SPD, FDP and the Greens are progressing. The traffic light parties’ draft law was approved by the main committee on Tuesday evening (November 16, 2021). The draft law is to be passed in plenary on Thursday (November 18, 2021), and the Federal Council is supposed to approve it on Friday. This was reported by the news agency Agence France-Presse.
The background to this is the expiry of the epidemic situation on November 25th, which has so far been the legal basis for the measures taken in the Corona crisis.
Infection Protection Act: New Corona rules – mask requirement and 2G and 3G regulations
The new law, which is to come into force as a nationwide uniform package of measures, provides for measures such as the mask requirement, distance requirements and 3G and 2G rules. The 3G rule is to be introduced across the board in the workplace as well as in local and long-distance public transport. This also includes domestic flights. School transport and taxis are excluded.
In order to ensure compliance with the 3G rule, random checks should be carried out. Restaurants should be allowed to stay open provided they comply with hygiene concepts. Contact details of customers, guests or participants in an event may continue to be recorded.
SPD, FDP and Greens present Infection Protection Act – contact restrictions possible
“The situation is very, very critical”, justified the SPD health expert Sabine Dittmar the sometimes drastic measures. The FDP health expert Christine Aschenberg-Dugnus spoke of a “really effective package of measures to fight Corona robustly”.
Employers should also, as far as possible, offer the opportunity to work from home again. In order to better protect so-called vulnerable groups, especially the elderly, employers, employees and visitors are required to test in hospitals and preventive and rehabilitation facilities.
Hospitals get a care surcharge for every Covid 19 patient they admit. The draft law also includes the continuation of social and economic protective screens.
Infection Protection Act: Corona rules for traffic lights do not go far enough for the CDU
However, because the plans of the traffic light parties did not go far enough for the Union, further points have been added. In the event of a specific epidemic danger, the federal states should be able to, for example, issue personal restrictions for companies, institutions or events by resolution of the state parliaments. Contact restrictions in private and public spaces should also be allowed. General closings of shops or schools and bans on cultural events should no longer exist according to the draft of the traffic light.
With the latest changes, the SPD, Greens and FDP have accommodated the Union, said parliamentary group vice-chairman Thorsten Frei (CDU*) in Berlin. The current version of the draft law still falls far short of what the current Infection Protection Act enables. Frei described the planned 3G rule in the workplace as positive. But overall, the new draft is “not what we think is right and adequate in this situation,” said Frei, according to Agence France-Presse.
Frei also criticized the fact that the traffic light parties did not want to prolong the epidemic emergency of national scope. There is absolutely no reason not to use this “tried and tested instrument” any more, concluded Frei. The Union wants to apply to the Bundestag to extend the epidemic emergency beyond November 25th. (acg with AFP) *fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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