Hanover (dpa) – Lower Saxony’s Minister of Health Daniela Behrens (SPD) believes it is necessary to maintain the corona rules with a view to autumn and winter.
“We need a few more rules over the autumn and winter until we can say goodbye to them completely,” Behrens said at a press conference of the Corona crisis team on Tuesday in Hanover. As examples, the minister named the continuation of the mask requirement in local public transport and retail, the distance requirement and the 2G and 3G rules for certain areas.
SHE is sure that a legal basis will be created for this, said Behrens – even if the Bundestag should decide to end the so-called “epidemic situation of national scope” in November. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) died at the conference of health ministers of the federal states on Monday.
The epidemic situation is the basis for ordinances and central corona measures in Germany. It was established in March 2020 and later repeatedly extended. Spahn had spoken out in deliberations on Monday that there would be no renewed extension.
Behrens said that, like last autumn, experts expect a sharp increase in the number of infections in the coming weeks. However, due to the progress of the vaccination, one is now in a completely different situation than a year ago. In Lower Saxony, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 80.3 percent of people are now vaccinated against the coronavirus, 76.2 percent completely.
The corona situation in the country is stable and “controllable”. With a seven-day incidence of new infections from 49.0 a.m. Tuesday, they are well below the national average. The values for hospital and intensive care bed occupancy are also below the critical test for the first warning level.
Nevertheless, Behrens and Fabian Feil, President of the State Health Office, appealed to all undecided to get vaccinated now. “For unvaccinated people, the risk of serious illness increases considerably in the autumn and winter months,” said Feil.
The highly contagious Delta variant now accounts for almost 100 percent of infections, emphasized Feil. Experts no longer assumed that the so-called herd immunity could still be achieved. With a high vaccination rate, the number of infections and, above all, serious disease courses could be prevented.
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