Germany confirms 17,800 new cases amid new increases in incidence

Germany confirms 17,800 new cases amid new increases in incidence

MADRID, Apr 11. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The German authorities have confirmed this Sunday an approximate hundred deaths from coronavirus during the last day and 17,800 new infections more, at a time when the country is approaching the threshold of three million infections in the framework of the pandemic.

The Robert Koch Institute, the government entity in charge of the control of infectious diseases, has indicated through its website that in the last 24 hours, 17,855 cases and 104 more deaths have been detected, which places the totals at 2,998,268 and 78,353 , respectively.

Likewise, it has pointed out that the accumulated incidence rate during the last seven days is 129.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with about 248,000 active cases, compared to the incidence of 120.6 registered on Saturday.

On the other hand, it has estimated the total number of people recovered to date from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at around 2,671,200, including some 9,600 during the last 24 hours.

TRANSFER OF COMPETENCES

Against this background, the German Government has presented this Saturday a draft for the amendment of the infection protection law in order to be able to apply uniform measures in all regions with a high degree of contagion, in the face of the third wave of coronavirus, and in what which would mean the transfer of certain health powers to the Government of Berlin due to the inability of the states to achieve common measures.

In the letter, to which the DPA agency has had access, they propose, among other things, departure restrictions from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. The draft has been sent to the parliamentary groups in the Bundestag (Lower House of the German Parliament) and to the 16 federal states.

According to the draft, from a cumulative incidence in seven days of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, strict contact rules would be applied, which foresee only allowing private meetings between the members of a household with one person from another, without exceeding a maximum of five, not counting children.

As for the curfew or exit restrictions, there would only be a few exceptions, such as medical emergencies or going to work, but not for going out for a night walk alone.

The prohibition on the opening of shops would also be maintained, with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies and drugstores. The practice of sports in groups would also continue to be prohibited.

Mandatory coronavirus tests are planned for schoolchildren, while schools should close if the incidence in seven days is more than 200 for three consecutive days.

However, minimal emergency care would be allowed to be provided in daycare centers and schools and graduation classes may be exempted from closure.

The Government and regional chiefs had agreed at the beginning of March on certain rules when more than a hundred infections were registered per 100,000 inhabitants after a week.

However, in recent weeks it has been observed that this so-called “emergency brake” is not being applied in all states, a position that has generated criticism from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Now these rules will be mandatory if the aforementioned law is modified according to the government project, which will be submitted to the Council of Ministers this Tuesday and could end up being incorporated in the form of law next Friday at the earliest, pending that the states try to introduce their own amendments.

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